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Directed by Matan Yair

Israel, Poland 2017 90 mins. In Hebrew

Seventeen-year-old Asher always has been an impulsive troublemaker at school. Although his strict, Sephardic father sees his strapping son as a natural successor to his scaffolding business, Asher forges a special connection with his literature teacher and begins to see new possibilities for himself. Torn between his father’s expectations and a world of books and ideas, Asher searches for a chance at a new life and identity. When a sudden tragedy occurs, he faces the ultimate test of maturity. Based on the director’s own experience as a teacher, this gripping debut film was awarded Best Israeli Feature at the Jerusalem Film Festival and is this year’s Israeli Oscar submission. In Hebrew with English subtitles.

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