Synonyms trailer: Take a look at director Nadav Lapid's highly-rated Golden Bear winner
If you have seen the Maggie Gyllenhaal-led The Kindergarten Teacher (which was great) it is well worth checking out the original version of the film, directed by Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid. His new film, Synonyms, was widely praised after appearing at the Berlinale earlier this year where it went on to pick up the Golden Bear award. This being his third feature, it is based on his own experiences from a period of his life when he believed he was born in the Middle East by mistake, and became desperate to establish a new identity, which he tried to do through use of language by relying on a book of French synonyms. The US trailer for Synonyms arrived last night and you can watch it above.
In Paris, things do not exactly get off to a good start for the newly arrived Yoav. He knocks on the door of the flat where he’s supposed to stay, only to discover the place is empty. While he is taking a bath there, his belongings are stolen. Yet this young Israeli, who has arrived with such great expectations, will not be dissuaded that easily. Desperate to erase his origins, Yoav sees becoming French as his only hope for salvation. Step one is to replace his language. From now on, he will not utter a single word of Hebrew and his dictionary becomes his constant companion. The necessary visits to the Israeli embassy annoy Yoav – he finds his compatriots to be a total burden – but the naturalization test also has its pitfalls. And the young French couple whom he befriends has some rather strange ideas about how to help him.
Nadav Lapid wrote the script with his father Haim, with the cast incluing Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire and Louise Chevillotte.
Synonyms opens in the US on October 25 - we don't have any news yet on if or when it will be arriving in the UK.