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Hearat Shulayim

Footnote’s premise is grounded in a potent archetypal conflict, set in a specific, fascinating milieu. The ornery Eliezer Shkolnik (Shlomo Bar Aba, beloved comedic star of Israeli stage and television) and his ambitious, academically bearded son Uriel (Late Marriage’s Lior Ashkenazi) are rival professors in the Talmudic Studies department at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The film begins with a ceremony in which Uriel is officially installed in the Academy — an accolade the deeply envious Eliezer, much to his chagrin, has never received. The balance shifts when Eliezer learns that, following decades of frustrated anticipation, he is finally going to be awarded the prestigious Israel Prize. What unfolds is a game of generational one-upmanship driven by desire, pettiness and pride, involving not only Eliezer and Uriel but numerous academics whose careers are equally bogged down in the wildly competitive realm of Talmudic scholarship.


" of the smartest and most merciless comedies to come along in a while." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Director: Joseph Cedar
Cast: Shlomo Bar-Aba, Lior Ashkenazi, Aliza Rosen
Year: 2011
Runtime: 105 minutes
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew (English subtitles)
Distributor: Mongrel Media

Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR


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