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FILM OPENS: May 12, 2017

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In the Jewish religion, a week of sitting Shiva (or mourning the deceased) is called for after a funeral. However, for Eyal and Vicky, a week is hardly enough time to properly mourn the loss of their 25-year-old son Ronnie. A married couple edging into the back half of middle age, the two find themselves reacting to the end of the Shiva in markedly different ways.

A return to routine seems to be in order for Vicky, a teacher, as she finds herself back at school trying to abruptly kick out the substitute assigned in her stead. Meanwhile, shopkeeper Eyal opts for a total abdication of routine, as he steals his dead son’s bag of medical marijuana, and proceeds to get high, play ping-pong and judge air guitar routines with his neighbor’s stoner son Zooler.

As the world refuses to accommodate Vicky and Eyal’s sensitivities during their time of bereavement – taxi drivers are still difficult, neighbors are still obnoxious, and grave diggers are just as indifferent as anyone else in the service industry – the two grieving parents find themselves acting out in outlandish ways as they attempt to regain a sense of control over their lives.

  • Director: Asaph Polonsky
  • Country: Israel
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 2017
  • Run Time: 01:38:00
  • imdb Score: 7.0/10 (270 votes)
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Sharon Alexander, Shai Avivi, Evgenia Dodina
"In the long list of movies about death, this is one of the most original in recent memory, if for its emotional delicacy in sparing us hollow, tear-gushing grandiosity, and for its attitude on life: In most movies about grief, you are waiting for the characters to cry. This is a marvelous story about loss in which you are waiting for them to laugh."
Nick Allen - ROGEREBERT.COM

"The comedy in ONE WEEK AND A DAY comes from confusion, ineptitude, and alienation. It comes from people’s defenses being way, way down. It doesn’t cheapen the tragedy. It grounds it, sometimes in the mud."
David Edelstein - NEW YORK MAGAZINE (VULTURE)

"ONE WEEK AND A DAY succeeds in recreating that precise feeling, as hard to articulate as it is commonly felt, where exhaustion wears down any line between emotions."
Ben Croll - THE WRAP

"Rambling in the best manner imaginable, it's an amusingly heartbreaking (and hopeful) portrait of misery's messiness."
Nick Schager - VILLAGE VOICE

AWARDS

AFI Fest 2016
Breakthrough Audience Award

Awards of the Israeli Film Academy 2016
Best Supporting Actor

Cannes Film Festival 2016
Gan Foundation Support for Distribution

Jerusalem Film Festival 2016
Best First Film, Best Script and Best Israeli Feature

Oldenburg Film Festival 2016
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble

FESTIVALS

Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival 2016

Athens Film Festival 2016

Mill Valley Film Festival 2016

London Film Festival 2016

Chicago Int'l Film Festival 2016

Denver Int'l Film Festival 2016

Bratislava Int'l Film Festival 2016

Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival 2017

Portland Int'l Film Festival 2017

And more...