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Past Life

  • Directed by Avi Nesher
  • Israel/Poland, 2016, 109 mins., Hebrew/German/Polish

Nesher’s (The Matchmaker, The Wonders) moving film confronts a trauma and burden of history that is still part of the Israeli present and deeply rooted in the collective subconscious. In ’70s Jerusalem, two daughters of Holocaust survivors investigate a taboo topic: their difficult father’s experiences in Poland during World War II. As they undertake a trans-European journey to try to unravel the mystery that has shadowed their whole lives, they confront tragic questions and the realization that freedom from the past requires painful sacrifices, as does the struggle to discover one’s own unique voice.

Genres: Drama

Other Films by Avi Nesher

The Wonders

This modern-day film noir centers on a bartender who doubles as a graffiti artist in Jerusalem. Arnav enjoys whiling away the days with simple pleasures until he gets pulled into a mystery in his own apartment building. Spying a man seemingly held captive in a unit near his, he investigates and is soon taken down