TIFF: SYNONYMS Directed by Nadav Lapid

2019 Berlinale Golden Bear Winner
**North American Premiere at TIFF**


WINNER: Golden Bear, Berlin International Film Festival

Official Selection: TIFF (Contemporary World Cinema)

Official Selection: NYFF (Main Slate)

NOMINATIONS: 4 Ophir Awards, including Best Actor for Tom Mercier

TRT: 123 min

Yoav, (Tom Mercier), a young Israeli man, has just moved to Paris with great expectations that France will save him from what he sees as the madness of his country. Things don’t get off to a great start as he discovers that the flat he’s supposed to stay in is unfurnished and completely empty, and, while taking a bath there, has his belongings stolen. Not deterred easily and desperate to erase his origins, he refuses to speak Hebrew, relying on a French dictionary as his constant companion, and to communicate with the various people he encounters. Based on the real life experiences of writer-director Nadav Lapid, SYNONYMS is a tragicomic puzzle about cultural identities and the challenges of putting down roots in a new place. Newcomer Tom Mercier gives a hypnotic performance as the deeply alienated Yoav whose attempts to find himself awaken past demons while opening up an existential abyss.

TIFF Schedule:https://tiff.net/events/synonyms

Mon, Sept 9, 9:45 pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema
Thurs, Sept 10, 1:00 pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema
Saturday, Sept 14, 5:45 pm, Scotiabank 11

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