There’s hardly a better way to conclude the Talents week than in the presence of lauded writer-director Nadav Lapid, who joins us to reflect upon the fundamental questions that recur in his work. Nadav, invited with his new film Synonymes to the Berlinale Competition, will discuss his taste for characters animated by apparent contradictions which are far from unrelated to the complexity and dichotomies of modern-day Israel. The notion of a moral highground loses its currency in his fictions and makes talking simply of ‘mistakes’ somewhat unsatisfactory. Showing excerpts from his latest and semi-autobiographical film, he discusses how the existence of contradictions in life is a driving force for his stories which, to a certain degree, cannot be read ‘wrongly.’ Don’t miss this final session as we push the notion of ‘mistakes’ to its limits.
Nadav Lapid is an Israeli director and screenwriter. He studied philosophy at Tel Aviv University and is a graduate of the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem. His short film ROAD screened at Berlinale Panorama in 2005. His debut feature POLICEMAN won the Special Jury Prize at Locarno in 2011, while THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER featured in the Critics’ Week at Cannes in 2014. In 2015, WHY screened at Berlinale Shorts. SYNONYMS is showing in the Berlinale Competition in 2019.
Vincenzo Bugno is a co-initiator, manager and jury member of the World Cinema Fund. He is a Berlinale delegate for Italy, and serves on the Berlinale Competition selection committee. Previously, he was on the programming committee of the Locarno Film Festival and headed its Open Doors initiative. A former journalist and film critic, he has contributed to newspapers, magazines and TV channels such as Corriere della sera, ARTE, ZDF, Tele+ and Sky Italy.
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