Spotlight On Amos Gitai: Esther

Spotlight On Amos Gitai: Esther

Israel, 1986, 97 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Austria, United Kingdom
Genre/Subjects: Drama, Foreign
Language: Hebrew English Sub-Titles

Screens Sunday, July 10th at 2pm at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax
Introduced by Shaul Gabbay


35mm presentation - This first long feature, designed as an immense “tableau vivant”, tells the Old Testament story of Esther, who does not know she is Jewish when she is chosen by King Ashasuerus as his wife. Upon discovering a plot against her people, she manages to save them. Using this myth of survival and resistance, Amos Gitai also narrates the revengeful exterminations perpetrated by the Jews against their enemies. This violence resonates with current events, creating a parallel underscored by the ruins of Wadi Salib, where Gitai filmed the story. This is the first part in a trilogy that also comprises Berlin Jerusalem and Golem, the Spirit of Exile.

Presented in partnership with:

Film generously supported by Don and Arlene Shwayder

DIRECTOR: Amos Gitai

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