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Nir Bergman, 2002
Israel | Hebrew with English subtitles | Format: 35mm | 82 minutes
Writer-director Nir Bergman’s first feature film is a sensitive drama about a family rendered dysfunctional by the sudden death of the husband and father. Eldest daughter Maya (Maya Maron), an aspiring singer, and her mother Dafna (Orli Zilberschatz-Banai) struggle to keep the family together, and soon realize the importance of seemingly minor moments of everyday life. Bergman’s keen eye for capturing these details turns an otherwise sad tale into an uplifting film. From the acclaimed director of Intimate Grammar (2010) and writer of the television series In Treatment.
Guest Selects: Wim Wenders
The NYJFF inaugurates an annual “Guest Selects” series, each year showcasing a director who has shaped the course of film history. We begin the series with a special screening of Paris, Texas on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of its release. Acclaimed filmmaker Wim Wenders also chooses two accompanying films that relate to Jewish culture. Wenders is one of the most important figures to emerge from the “New German Cinema” period in the 1970s. He is director of such films as Wings of Desire and Paris, Texas, and documentaries Buena Vista Social Club and Pina. His atmospheric auteur films often engage with the themes of memory, time, and movement.