Israel, 1996, 85 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Language: Hebrew, Russian English Sub-Titles
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One of the most popular Israeli films of the 1990’s, Saint Clara presents a jumpy, highly energetic, lively, off-kilter Israel where love and the apocalypse seem interconnected. Beautiful Lucy Dubinchik stars as Clara, a Russian immigrant teenager whose clairvoyant powers create mayhem among the students at Golda Meir Junior High School. When the entire seventh grade class gets perfect scores on a math exam, the faculty is thrown into a crisis. Determined to stamp out this challenge to their authority, the teachers trace the source to Clara. Soon, Clara’s powers disrupt the whole town as she picks winning lottery numbers and predicts an earthquake. Clara’s powers may not last, however... she will lose them the first time she falls in love. Hardly your typical teenage comedy, Saint Clara, directed by Ari Folman and Ori Sivan, from a novel by Czech dissident Pavel Kohout, has been called a cross between David Lynch and John Hughes. It is a rich example of the original talent thriving in Israeli cinema.
DIRECTOR: Ari Folman
Principal Cast: Lucy Dubinchik
This film is playing as a part of...
Director Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir) In-Person with his popular Israeli hit from the 90's, Saint Clara. Q&A to follow the screening.
In Cooperation with The Center For Judiac Studies