Kino Lorber on June 14 will release acclaimed Israeli film Ahed’s Knee, a Jury Prize winner at the Cannes Film Festival, on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
The drama, directed by Nadav Lapid, stars Avshalom Pollak and Nur Fibak and is being released on disc in Hebrew with English subtitles.
The film centers on a celebrated Israeli filmmaker, named Y, who arrives in a remote desert village to present one of his films at a local library. Struggling to cope with the recent news of his mother’s terminal illness, he flies into a rage when the host of the screening, a government employee, asks him to sign a form placing restrictions on what he can say at the film’s Q&A. Told over the course of one day, the film depicts Y as he battles against the loss of freedom in his country and the fear of losing his mother.
Director Lapid wrote Ahed’s Knee soon after the death of his own mother, who worked as an editor on many of his works. According to Kino Lorber, “It offers a sharp critique of the censorship, hypocrisy, and violence instigated by Israel and repressive governments everywhere. The fact that it was produced, largely funded, and highly acclaimed in its home country highlights the complexities of a national cinema that refuses to be muzzled, born of the divisions of society itself.”
The DVD and Blu-ray Disc, which carry suggested retail prices of $19.95 and $29.95, both come with a conversation with Lapid, courtesy of Film at Lincoln Center.