Assaf Abiri, Matan Guggenheim | Comedy | Israel, 2021 | Hebrew, English w/English subtitles | 90m | PG-13
Virtual Screening: Monday, March 28 – Sunday, April 10
Film: Dov, a cranky widower, realizes that weed could be his salvation—selling it, not smoking it. Nominated for 12 Israeli Academy Awards, this “high” spirited, charming cannabis comedy is perfect for “green” Seattle.
Guest Zoom Conversation: “Jews and Cannabis: A History from Biblical to Chai Times” with Dr. Eddy Portnoy, Director of Exhibitions at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (Sunday, April 3 at 4:30 pm PT). Ticket and pass holders will receive an emailed access link one (1) hour before with instructions to join the Zoom or a link to the recording.
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Greener Pastures trailerDov is forced by his family to move to a nursing home – and there’s nothing he can do or say about it. He’s broke since he lost his pension savings, and he blames the state for it. The nursing home feels like a prison, and all Dov can think about is getting out of there and buying his old house back. When he notices that all his fellow residents smoke legal medical marijuana, he realises that weed will be his salvation – selling it, not smoking it. When love, cops and gangsters come into play, Dov finds himself at a crossroads: will he risk it all to make his dream come true?
A light-hearted and high spirited Israeli comedy.
Greener Pastures screens for the JIFF 2022 program launch on January 30 2022. Tickets at www.jiff.com.au
Full Film Details:
In this charming cannabis comedy from Israel, perfect for “green” Seattle, Dov, a cranky widower, is forced by his family to move into a luxurious nursing home—where he feels like he’s in jail. All he can think about is getting out, buying back his old rustic cottage, and living there until the end of his life, but he can’t afford it. When he notices that all his fellow residents are smoking legal, medical marijuana (recreational use is still illegal in Israel), he realizes that weed could be his salvation—selling it, not smoking it. When love, cops, and local gangsters enter the picture, Dov finds himself at a crossroads: will he risk everything to make his dream come true? This black comedy features a terrific cast, including Shlomo Bar-Aba (FOOTNOTE), Dov Glickman (”Shtisel”), and Joy Rieger (PAST LIFE, THE OTHER STORY), and was nominated for 12 Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Lead Actor.
Assaf Abiri and Matan Guggenheim are filmmakers and screenwriters. Both hold undergraduate degrees from Tel Aviv University’s The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television. Guggenheim previously directed the film PARADISE CRUISE, an Israeli-German co-production, and Abiri co-developed the Israeli TV series “Have My Child” and wrote the pilot episode for “My Town.” View Abiri on IMDB and Guggenheim on IMDB.
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