Nadav Lapid’s (The Kindergarten Teacher) new film, winner of the Golden Bear at Berlinale, is a triumph. Having completed his army service, Yoav travels to Paris with the aim of erasing his Israeli identity. Alone in the city, he soon meets a local couple who help him on his journey of reinvention. Original and provocative, Synonyms holds up a mirror to both Israeli and French societies and myths, and like Lapid’s previous films, demonstrates his inventive and daring cinematic vision.
Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival 2018
Winner – FIPRESCI Prize & Golden Berlin Bear Prize, Berlin International Film Festival 2019
Winner – Best Cinematography, Israeli Film Academy Awards 2019
Nominated – Best Director, Best Actor & Best Editing, Israeli Film Academy Awards 2019
Nominated – Best Film, Sydney Film Festival 2019
“Breathtaking in the way it careens from one scene to the next in a whirlwind of personal and political meaning.” – Variety