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SJFF Closing Night: AMERICA
March 19 • 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
An Israeli swimming coach living in the United States must unexpectedly return to Israel. A seemingly innocuous visit with a childhood friend and his fiancée sets in motion a chain of events that will irrevocably change all of their lives
Special Event: Closing Night Film + Israel 75th Birthday Celebration
Special Guest: Director Ofir Raul Graizer
Celebration: Israel@75 Birthday Cake + Champagne Toast
In-Person Showtime: March 19 | SJCC | 7:15 pm • Streaming Window: March 20-26
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Ofir Raul Graizer | Narrative Drama | Israel | 2022 | Hebrew w/English subtitles | 127m | PG-13
An Israeli swimming coach living in the United States must unexpectedly return to his native Israel after a ten-year absence. He decides to visit his childhood friend, Yotam, who is running a small flower shop with his future wife, Iris. This seemingly innocuous visit sets in motion a chain of events that irrevocably changes all of their lives. The second feature film from Ofir Raul Graizer (THE CAKEMAKER, SJFF 2018) is a visually iridescent and emotionally uplifting drama set between a flower shop and an ancient monastery, a Chicago swimming pool and the Mediterranean Sea, and life and death itself. Winner, Best Narrative Feature at the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival and Best Actress at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
Ofir Raul Graizer is a film director, screenwriter, and editor who lives in both Israel and Berlin. Born in Israel in 1981, Graizer worked in textiles and gastronomy before studying film at Sapir College in Sderot. His early short films were shown in numerous festivals, including Cannes. His first feature film, THE CAKEMAKER, was Israel’s submission to the 2019 Academy Awards and won seven Ophir Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Script, and Best Actress. View official bio on IMDB.
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