Regent Square Theater: May 14 @ 7:00 PM
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2010/Netherlands/Director: Nadav Lapid/105 min.
Cast: Yiftach Klien, Yaara Pelzig (Language: Hebrew with English subtitles)
Festivals and Awards: Jerusalem
Bold and cerebral, Nadav Lapid’s Policeman is a political drama that brings insight into the discord of Israeli society. The film first draws its attention to the muscular and alpha-male Yaron (Yiftach Klein), a dedicated and well-respected officer in an elite Israeli anti-terrorism unit who is also expecting a baby with his wife. He ultra-manliness shows through the brotherly comradely he shares with his fellow officers and the sexual innuendos he makes with young women.
But then the film switches its focus to the young and idealistic Shira (Yaara Pelzig), a daughter from the upper-class now rebelling against her privilege. She’s the “poet” of the rebels, penning lines like “It’s time for the poor to get rich and the rich to start dying.” The young radicals conspire to bring class equality to Israel and form a terrorist plot.
The two suspenseful stories converge at a gripping climax when Yaron and his unit collide with Shira and the radicals in a hostage situation. The encounter forces Yaron to face the realities of class war and confront his own internal battles.
Amongst the drama, Policeman manages to capture the picturesque beauty of the Israeli mountains and canyons, exemplified at one point when Yaron shouts from a hilltop “This is the most beautiful country in the world!”
Policeman won Best Cinematography, best screenplay and best first or second work for a director at the 2011 Jerusalem Film Festival.