Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The story of a great rivalry between a father and son, both eccentric professors in the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The son has an addictive dependency on the embrace and accolades that the establishment provides, while his father is a stubborn purist with a fear and profound revulsion for what the establishment stands for, yet beneath his contempt lies a desperate thirst for some kind of recognition. The Israel Prize, Israel's most prestigious national award, is the jewel that brings these two to a final, bitter confrontation.
Eight watch of March around the World: Israel. Father and son are rivalling professors in the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, employing opposing methodological approaches to gather empirical results. When after sixteen consecutive nominations for the prestigious Israeli research award the father finally receives a phone call that he has been granted the prize, he is in seventh heaven, but it appears that a mistake has been made and that it is actually the son who will be honoured. The latter must now do anything within his power to ensure his father’s accolade, whilst keeping the mess-up a secret for the rest of the world. The film is directed in such a way that both the son’s and…
Part of the 30 countries festival. Israel
You don't have to be an academic to enjoy this film, but if you are or ever have been, Footnote is a must-see. It raises so many questions that are the basis of a multitude of ivory-tower hallway discussions. Eliezer Shkolnik spends 30 years in the locked archival sections of libraries comparing various texts of the Talmud on the theory that there was a different source of the material that is lost to us. When a rival researcher accidentally discovers the lost manuscript, thereby validating Eliezer's work, he publishes it himself rather than give it to Eliezer. 30 years of research and he was right, but 30 years of research and he is…
Part of Lise and Jonnie’s What A Wonderful World: May 30 days, 30 countries.
Footnote is an amazing little film that took me a while to, while watching, warm up to.
The beginning of the film introduces the two main characters, a Father and Son duo, and their specific credentials within Academia. The expositive detail of the introduction would have normally put me to sleep ( despite it being a morning viewing ) except for the playful score and interceding visual devices generously applied by Joseph Cedar. It’s almost like he was telling me ‘don’t get bogged down by all this exposition I have to shove at you, come along for the ride .. it will be worth it’.…
I usually don't like watching Israeli films.
It is a little weird for me living in the country, yet I always find our cinema to be either overly melodramatic or concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
So watching a film completely different from the usual offerings of the Israeli cinema is a fresh breath of air.
And it really helps the film is great on all accounts.
The film is about a father and a son, Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik, both of whom are Talmud professors.
Eliezer has devoted 30 years to research, only to have another professor find information that renders Eliezer's research useless.
He becomes bitter at his lack of honor from the state and his peers.
His son on…
What started out looking like the nichiest if niche films involving the cut-throat world of Talmudic scholarship, "Footnote" actually turns out to be much more: a dark, wry, clever movie about self-worth and generational strife that continually upends the viewer's expectations.
Shlomo Bar Aba and Lior Ashkenazi play Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik, a father and son who are both noted academics in Hebrew studies. As the film opens, we see the younger Shkolnik receive a cherished academic position as the elder looks on wistfully. The film makes clear that Uriel represents the new world of academia, less dedicated to the minutiae of an argument and looking to paint…
Footnote is a satirical dark comedy with some serious elements and some really dysfunctional/flawed characters that makes up for a good viewing experience, thanks also to the actors and the writing. It revolves around the troubled relationship between a father and a son, both of them teach at the Talmud department of Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The whole structure of the movie is quite interesting and intelligent, the use of music is quite effective with the whole theme giving it quite a dramatic and thrilling effect. While the use of certain effects and interesting graphics to show the stories, backdrops, flashbacks or interesting details about the characters, their past and their inner feelings is quite genius. One can't help but…
great ideas are at play here but the movie still quite not work; it is not the easiest movie to follow but the subtle comedy and tragic finale make it worth it.
The direction is original and the excellent screenplay explores themes as parenthood and respect. At some moments it looks like a Coen brothers picture.
Interesting movie about the politics of academia. The father is a real asshole character, his utter unlikability kind of hurts the movie, at least for me.
Terrifically performed and incredibly well-shot academic satire, even if the film sometimes tips over into Jeunet-ish visual gimmickry (which might work for Amelie, but not for a film about academics) and the overbearing score must be one of the worst in recent memory. I still really loved Footnote for the first hour or so, but after the film's greatest sequence (a verbal sparring match between the son and the academic jury), Cedar doesn't really know where to go with his premise. Like the film acknowledges in the title, most of what occurs in this film is ultimately not of that much dramatic importance.
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The father/son rivalry runs deep. This film puts strong emphasis on the ridiculousness of "honor". In the end, no one really wins but the bizarre prideful competition becomes an all consuming obsession. Their strong suits in their field aid in the cyclical casting of this coveted award. It's impossible not to relate to despite being of such a remote subject. We're all somewhat competitive, strive for respect amongst colleagues and have complex parent/child relationships. In my case it forced me to evaluate my life's work - whatever that may be- something frightening to be faced with in literally any capacity. Beautifully challenging dark…
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Joseph Cedar's previous feature Beaufort used the true story of an Israel Defence Forces-occupied fortress in Lebanon to allegorise the bunker mentality of the beleaguered Israeli state - and this follow-up both expands and domesticates that film's themes. As in Beaufort, a fortress will play a pivotal role in the plot – and even if this time round the fortress is merely metaphorical, it proves as capable as any concrete structure of entrapping and destroying its blinkered occupants. As, however, might be expected in a film entitled Footnote and set within an academic milieu, Cedar's weapons of choice are not shells nor roadside bombs but words – including one particular word which will come to be…
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March Around The World 2015 Challenge film #21.
fairly arguable if the humor portrayed is meant to make people relax or just a way to balance out the anguish that was hiding conspicuously albeit the obvious running theme of the lead player. the transition of such was ruinous despite the feeble attempt to tell the viewer that it's alright to go against him.
nonetheless, a good exercise on the morality of everyone else's situation and a minimal and generous character-driven story. it forces the viewer to empathize but it also leaves with an uncomfortable dilemma.
it would have been proper if it was treated with proper closure. the pass the blame was actually enough and a reward should have been provided.
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