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Ahed's Knee

Directed by Nadav Lapid

Release: 2021
Runtime: 109
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew with English Subtitles
Director: Nadav Lapid
Writer: Nadav Lapid

A celebrated Israeli filmmaker named Y arrives in a remote desert village to present one of his films at a local library. Struggling to cope with the recent news of his mother’s terminal illness, he is pushed into a spiral of rage when the host of the screening, a government employee, asks him to sign a form placing restrictions on what he can say at the film’s Q&A. Told over the course of one day, the film depicts Y as he battles against the loss of freedom in his country and the fear of losing his mother. Nadav Lapid (Synonyms, The Kindergarten Teacher) wrote the film soon after the death of his own mother, who worked as an editor on many of his works. It offers a sharp critique of the censorship, hypocrisy, and violence instigated by Israel and repressive governments everywhere. The fact that it was produced, largely funded, and highly acclaimed in its home country highlights the complexities of a national cinema that refuses to be muzzled, born of the divisions of society itself. Winner of the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, this boldly shot and conceived work feels as though it has welled up from the depths of its maker’s soul.

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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
  • Color: Color

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Venue City State Date
AFI Silver Silver Spring 1651809600May 6 - May 14, 2022
All Saints Cinema - Tallahassee Film Society Tallahassee 1649995200April 15 - May 20, 2022
Amherst Cinema Amherst 1649908800April 14 - April 29, 2022
Austin Film Society Austin 1651118400April 28 - April 29, 2022
Avalon Theatre Washington 1655870400June 22 - June 23, 2022
BAM Rose Cinemas Brooklyn 1649390400April 8 - May 6, 2022
Belcourt Theatre Nashville 1649390400April 8 - April 29, 2022
ByTowne Cinema Ottawa 1648785600April 1 - April 22, 2022
Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe Santa Fe 1648785600April 1 - April 22, 2022
Chelsea Theater Chapel Hill 1649995200April 15 - May 14, 2022
Cinema du Parc Montreal 1648785600April 1 - April 22, 2022
Cinematique of Daytona Daytona Beach 1651204800April 29 - May 20, 2022
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1650600000April 22 - June 6, 2022
Darkside Cinema Corvallis 1649390400April 8 - April 15, 2022
Denver Film / Sie FilmCenter Denver 1648785600April 1 - May 6, 2022
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit 1648785600April 1 - April 4, 2022
Film at Lincoln Center New York 1647576000March 18 - April 22, 2022
FilmScene Iowa City 1648785600April 1 - April 22, 2022
Gateway Cinema Fort Lauderdale 1648785600April 1 - April 22, 2022
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1648785600April 1 - May 6, 2022
George Eastman Museum Rochester 1658289600July 20 - July 22, 2022
Grand Cinema Tacoma 1650945600April 26 - April 27, 2022
Guild Cinema Albuquerque 1649995200April 15 - April 21, 2022
Harkins Theatres Shea 14 Scottsdale 1649390400April 8 - May 6, 2022
Harris Theater Pittsburgh 1649476800April 9 - April 15, 2022
Jacob Burns Film Center Pleasantville 1649390400April 8 - April 29, 2022
Laemmle Theatres Los Angeles 1648785600April 1 - May 6, 2022
Landmark Opera Plaza San Francisco 1648180800March 25 - April 15, 2022
Landmark Ritz Five Philadelphia 1648180800March 25 - April 15, 2022
Landmark Shattuck Cinemas Berkeley 1648180800March 25 - April 15, 2022
Living Room Boca Boca Raton 1648785600April 1 - May 6, 2022
Living Room Portland Portland 1648785600April 1 - May 6, 2022
Lumiere Cinema Los Angeles 1649995200April 15 - May 6, 2022
Oklahoma City Museum of Art Oklahoma City 1649995200April 15 - April 17, 2022
Pageant Theatre Chico 1649995200April 15 - May 6, 2022
Quad Cinema New York 1648180800March 25 - April 15, 2022
Roxie Theater San Francisco 1650600000April 22 - May 20, 2022
South Bay Film Society Torrance 1649995200April 15 - July 8, 2022
Sudbury Indie Cinema Sudbury 1649390400April 8 - May 6, 2022
The New Parkway Theater Oakland 1649390400April 8 - April 29, 2022
TIFF Bell Lightbox Toronto 1648785600April 1 - April 22, 2022
VIFF Centre Vancouver 1648180800March 25 - April 22, 2022
Winnipeg Cinematheque Winnipeg 1649822400April 13 - April 22, 2022