Israeli film opening in South Florida theaters


The Israeli comedy-drama film "One Week and a Day" is coming to South Florida theaters.

This intriguing award-winning film, written and directed by Asaph Polonsky and distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories, is scheduled at press time to open on May 12 at AMC Aventura, Coral Gables Art Cinema, The Last Picture Show in Tamarac, Living Room Theaters and Regal Shadowood in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray and Movies of Lake Worth. It is also scheduled to open on May 19 at Miami Beach Cinematheque.

In this fabulously directed, cleverly written and well-acted film set in Israel, the character Eyal (Shai Avivi) is finishing the traditional Jewish week of mourning, known as a shiva, for his late son when his wife Vicky (Evgenia Dodina) urges him to return to their routine . However, while this return to routine seems to be in order for Vicky, it goes differently for Eyal as he steals his dead son's bag of medical marijuana and in the process gets high, plays ping-pong and judges air guitar routines with his neighbor's son Zooler (Tomer Kapon).

In an interview, Polonsky discussed his goals for this film.

"During the week of the shiva, you have everyone come over to help you, be with you, offer you food and take care of you, that it's really when that period ends when you start to feel your loss and I think everyone deals with it differently, so I wanted to show that there's really no one way to grieve," he explained. "My hope for this film is that, even though it's dealing with a very depressing subject, it offers a different look on it and really deal with it in kind of an almost humoristic way by showing certain moments that can happen while dealing with all of it."

Polonsky noted, "Even though the film's dealing with a very heavy subject, the way we wanted to make it is to not have a heavy approach to it but to let the drama come in and also allow the humor to be there."

"For me, the whole thing about the film is that the two of them [Eyal and Vicky] are in that period of grief. They just finished shiva and are transitioning to what will really be the rest of their lives. However, everyone around them is living their life as the world keeps moving, and that really is their main battle in a way, that everyone else is not where they are and that's where a lot of the conflict in the film lies."

The film was screened at the Miami Jewish Film Festival earlier this year.

"We continue to be impressed with the quality of films being produced in Israel each year and Asaph Polonsky's 'One Week and a Day' is an unequivocal standout," said Igor Shteyrenberg, executive director of the Miami Jewish Film Festival. "Having earned tremendous international acclaim, we were privileged to present its Florida Premiere at our recent Miami Jewish Film Festival. It's a blackly funny, tragicomic journey that deals with universal emotions about the nature of loss, death, love and family that is sure to strike a chord with everyone."