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NYC: Film – ‘Past Life’
April 30, 2017 @ 3:00 PM
Past Life (2016, 110 mins., English, German, Hebrew, Polish with Subtitles). Post screening discussion with producer Dr. David Milch. In this fascinating new film from director Avi Nesher.
Synopsis: In the fascinating and profoundly moving new film from one of Israel’s most acclaimed director’s, Avi Nesher (The Wonders, The Matchmaker), two Israeli sisters delve into the dark mystery of their father’s former life in Poland during the Second World War. Inspired by a true story, Past Life tracks the daring 1977 trans-European odyssey of two sisters – one an introverted ambitious classical music composer and the other a fiery tabloid journalist with a political bent. As they try to unravel the disturbing mystery that has shadowed their whole lives, they are confronted by tragic questions and realize that freedom from the shackles of the past requires painful sacrifices, as does the struggle to discover one’s own unique voice. A familial detective story about family, secrets, and identity, Past Life will occupy thoughts and conversations long after the credits roll.
Avi Nesher studied international relations at Columbia University. One of the most acclaimed contemporary Israeli filmmakers, Avi’s films have played a vital part in Israeli cinema’s rise to prominence during the last decade.