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Date & Time
January 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Free; no reservations required
Film Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705

(Nadav Lapid, 2019, 123 min, France/Israel, French & Hebrew w/ subtitles, Color, DCP)

— Introduced by Prof. Shai Ginsburg (Asian & Middle Eastern Studies)

Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival, Synonyms features a dynamic lead performance from newcomer Tom Mercier, whose feral intensity practically bursts out of the frame. Mercier plays Yoav, a disaffected young Israeli who flees Tel Aviv for Paris to start a new life. Desperate to erase his origins, Yoav sees becoming French as his only hope for salvation.

“Astonishing, maddening, brilliant, hilarious, obstinate, and altogether unmissable.” – David Ehrlich, Indiewire

“Furious, brilliant. A movie that turns rage into pain and identity into a howl.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Co-sponsored by the Duke Center for Jewish Studies (CJS).

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