Concerned Citizen

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At the French Institute:

SUN 11/06 – 4 pm
FRI 16/06 – 10 pm

Title: Concerned Citizen
Direction: Idan Haguel
Cast: Shlomi Bertonov, Ariel Wolf
Production: Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts
Distribution: M-Appeal
Genre: Dramedy
Duration: 82’
Country: Israel
Year: 2022
O.V. in Hebrew. Subtitles in Spanish and Catalan

Festivals: Austin (LGTBI), Australia (Jewish cinema), Belgrade (LGTBI), Belmont (USA), Bend (USA), Berlin, Bern (LGTBI), Brno (LGTBI), Brussels (cinema from the Mediterranean), Budapest (Jewish cinema), Boulder (Jewish cinema), Charlottesville (USA), Hong Kong (LGTBI), Jakarta, Jerusalem, Kerala, Milan (LGTBI), Pleasantville (USA, Jewish cinema), Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco (Jewish cinema), Thessaloniki, Tirana (LGTBI), Valencia, Vilnius, Zurich (LGTBI)

First showing in Barcelona

Ben thinks of himself as a liberal and enlightened gay man, living in the perfect apartment with his boyfriend Raz. All that’s missing to complete the picture is a baby, which the couple are trying to make a reality. Meanwhile Ben decides to improve his up-and-coming neighborhood in gritty south Tel-Aviv by planting a new tree on his street. But his good deed soon triggers a sequence of events that leads to the brutal police arrest of an Eritrean immigrant. The guilt trip that ensues will fundamentally challenge Ben’s vision of himself and his society, in the process threatening to destroy his relationship and aspirations of fatherhood. A satirical parable on the insidious ways in which privilege can unleash the prejudice within.