Virginia Festival of Jewish Film

Saturday, Mar 13, 2021

Virginia Beach, VA 23450

$12 per household. Reservation required.

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28th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film

The 28th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film will look different this year. To keep all of our community members safe, we have spread the festival out over months rather than days. Additionally, all of our films can be viewed virtually through Eventive, our new box office management and screening platform.

God of the Piano

80 minutes | Israel | 2019

A strong personification of a woman's empowerment, Anat is determined to achieve her goals at any cost. She had been on a long journey to find the right place for her genius pianist son, a master musician whom she had been teaching since he was born. In the opening scene, Anat is performing herself on stage, when her water breaks. Right after labor, she is devastated by the news her son is deaf. She then commits a crime, exchanging the babies, and making sure she will have a healthy one coming home with her. A bold take on the power of a woman's control and a mother's ambition, first-time director Itay Tal conceives a thought-provoking and seductive film that stirs up controversy in many topics: the fact someone's talent could be related to genetics or early manipulation of practices and ideas; a subtle justification of a woman's desperate actions; the role of an absent male dominance; the pressures on a child whose childhood is evidently stolen due to adults' self-interests. Presenting this fierce and audacious female character, caught on reckless actions with permanent consequences, actress Naama Preis gives a superb performance, marked by intense complexity and mystery. She won the Best Actress Award at Jerusalem Film Festival for this incredibly unpredictable role. Observational and highly dramatic, Itay Tal is a filmmaker to watch.

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