Director: Nadav Lapid
FR, IL, DE
fr, he, en
Armed with a pocket-sized French dictionary and committed to change his national identity, a young Israeli comes to Paris. An unfortunate incident turns into an incredible luck: two wealthy Parisians rush to take care of him as they are eager to add some spice to their life. He wants to get away from his “lamentable, obscene, repugnant, odious, nasty, sordid, mean-spirited... “ homeland. If only expectations would correspond the reality. If only both people and countries wouldn't practise affection-rejection relationships.
This tragicomic and largely autobiographical story endeavors to reveal the feelings experienced by the director himself and the protagonist when they walked the streets of Paris. Nadav Lapid is a recipient of the French Order Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. ‘Synonyms' received the Golden Bear and the prize of the FIPRESCI at the Berlin Film Festival.
Curator's point of view: The hot-tempered and incongruous protagonist arriving in Paris from Israel seems to have travelled in time from the French nouvelle vague. An uncomfortable commentary on conceited charity.