A contemporary adaptation of the biblical tale of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar, this elegant and understated drama brilliantly unfolds in the classical music world of present-day Jerusalem. Sarah, the principal harpist of the Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra, and her husband Abraham, the orchestra’s charismatic, authoritarian conductor, are unable to have children. When Hagar, a young horn player from East Jerusalem, joins the orchestra, she bonds with Sarah and a unique friendship evolves between the two women. Hagar, feeling Sarah’s pain from not having children, offers to have a baby for her from Abraham. The child, whom Sarah raises as her own, is a gifted pianist, yet wild and uncontrollable. The child grows estranged from Sarah, who has now given birth to her own son, and when he discovers the true identity of his mother, his world – and that of those around him – falls apart. Against a glorious musical backdrop, and featuring rich cinematography, director-writer Ori Sivan’s reimagining of this ancient story presents a poignant metaphor for the struggle between the rival sibling religions that inhabit Jerusalem today.
November 18, 2017 7:00 pm
Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles
inhabit Jerusalem today. Winner - Best Cinematography, Jerusalem Int’l FF, 2016. Winner - Lia Van Leer Award for Best Film about Jewish Heritage, Jerusalem Int’l FF, 2016 Nominated – 4 Israeli Academy Awards
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