Ahed’s Knee


An Israeli filmmaker throws himself in the midst of two battles doomed to fail: one against the death of freedom in his country, the other against the death of his mother.

  • International Title: Ahed’s Knee
  • Original Title: Ha’berech
  • Director: Navad Lapid
  • Year: 2021
  • Countries: France, Germany, Israel
  • Dialogues: Hebrew (modern)
  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 109 min
  • Cast: Avshalom Pollak, Nur Fibak

Selective list of festivals and awards: Cannes Film Festival 2021 – Winner of the Jury Prize, Nominee for Palm d’Or

Director’s biography: Israeli filmmaker and writer, Nadav Lapid first worked as a sports journalist before undertaking a film career. He directed three shorts while at film school, before being selected in 2008 to take part in the Résidence of the Cinéfondation at the Cannes Film Festival, where he wrote the screenplay for his first full-length feature: Policeman. Shot two years later, the film follows the day-to-day life of Yaron, member of an Israeli anti-terrorist unit which clashes with a group of young far-left radicals. In 2013, he wrote and directed The Kindergarten Teacher, which was presented in a special screening at the 2014 Cannes International Critics’ Week. In it, Sarit Larry plays Nira, a school teacher who becomes captivated by a five-year-old boy who has an astonishing gift for writing poems. She decides to help him, no matter what it costs, develop his talent. Through his films, Nadav Lapid offers a singular insight into the society of his own country, with characters at the crossroads of the public and personal spheres, where politics and private life meet