• The Cousin

    Directed by Tzahi Grad
    Israel | 92 minutes | World Cinema Now

  • The Cousin

    Directed by Tzahi Grad
    Israel | 92 minutes | World Cinema Now

  • The Cousin

    Directed by Tzahi Grad
    Israel | 92 minutes | World Cinema Now

  • The Cousin

    Directed by Tzahi Grad
    Israel | 92 minutes | World Cinema Now

  • The Cousin

    Directed by Tzahi Grad
    Israel | 92 minutes | World Cinema Now

Israeli filmmaker Naftali intends to get repairs done around the house and satisfy his left-wing principles by hiring a Palestinian handyman, but the renovations don’t proceed as planned. A darkly comedic take on Israeli-Palestinian relations whose provocative examination of inherent prejudice and racism has been compared to Jordan Peele’s Get Out.

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January 7, 2018 12:45 PM Annenberg Theater Tickets not available
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film synopsis

Writer/director/actor Tzahi Grad crafts a plum role for himself in this dark comedy set against the political and class divides of modern day Israel. Grad plays Naftali, a popular filmmaker, whose family lives in a village in the center of Israel. When Naftali needs some renovations completed he looks for an experienced Palestinian handyman, figuring not only will the guy be cheaper, but the hire will satisfy Naftali’s left-wing principles. Although Naftali’s gardener recommends Said, Naftali ends up with the 20-something Fahed, who claims to be Said’s brother and equally experienced. While the first claim may be true, the latter is not, and the repairs do not proceed as planned.

Grad says, “The dispute of our region has never been shown this way before, and at the same time, it’s a very real angle that can be understood by everyone, in every place.” The film’s provocative examination of inherent prejudice and racism have led critics to compare it to Jordan Peele’s Get Out.

Winner: Best Actor, FEDEORA critics’ prize, Haifa Film Festivalc

film details

Country: Israel
Year: 2017
Running Time: 92 minutes
Language: Arabic and Hebrew (deaf-friendly)
Subtitles: Yes
Awards: Fedora Award, Artistic Achievement in an Israeli Feature, Michael Shvili Award, Best Actor; Haifa International Film Festival
Director: Tzahi Grad
Producers: Ehud Bleiberg, Tzahi Grad
Principal Cast: Ala Dakka, Osnat Fishman, Tzahi Grad
Cinematographers: Eitan Hatuka
Editor: Sari Bisharat, Danny Rafic
Music: Sapir Matityahu
Screenwriter: Tzahi Grad

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