**Winner: Jury Prize – Cannes Film Festival**

Official Selection: TIFF, NYFF

US/Canada Release Date: Early 2022

Y, a celebrated Israeli filmmaker, arrives in a remote desert village to present one of his films at a local library. Struggling to cope with the recent news of his mother’s fatal illness, he is pushed into a spiral of rage when the host of the screening, a government employee, asks him to sign a form placing restrictions on what he can say at the film’s Q&A. Told over the course of one day, the film depicts Y as he battles against the loss of freedom in his country and the fear of losing his mother. Lapid wrote the film soon after the death of his own mother, who worked as an editor on many of his works. This masterfully detailed, complex drama offers a sharp critique of the censorship, hypocrisy, and violence instigated by Israel and repressive governments everywhere. The fact that Lapid’s film was produced, largely funded, and highly acclaimed in Israel highlights the complexities of a national cinema that refuses to be muzzled, born of the divisions of society itself.

Screenings: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 – 12:00 PM. Online

Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 8:30 p.m.Cinéma du Musée – Auditorium Maxwell-Cummings