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Virtual Berkshire Jewish Film Festival: Hunting Elephants
July 20 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM$5
This is an online event.
Two shady Israelis living in an old people’s home plan to rob a bank with the help of one of their precocious if estranged grandchildren and a penniless English lord in Reshef Levi’s crowd-pleaser Hunting Elephants, a comedy caper full of incorrigible old geezers that’s as broad as a barn door. (Courtesy Hollywood Reporter)
Writer-director Levi, also a stand-up comedian, supplies some terrific one-liners and lines up a stellar cast that includes local greats Sasson Gabai (The Band’s Visit) and Moni Moshonov (Two Lovers, We Own the Night) as well as Patrick Stewart (the X-Men and Star Trek films) in an avuncular and stereotypically British role originally conceived for John Cleese.
Interestingly enough for a film with so many familiar names, the film’s true protagonist has not a single gray hair on his head and is a total unknown: Gil Blank plays Jonathan, an intellectually gifted if socially awkward 12-year-old who witnesses his security-guard father, Daniel (Zvika Hadar), die at work after he’s conveniently explained the bank’s
security system and codes to his son.
Directed by Reshef Levi
Narrative, 107 minutes • Hebrew (English subtitles)
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