Ahed’s Knee: What You Need to Know about Nadav Lapid’s Latest Provocative Film (Cannes Film 2021)

The protagonist of Ahed’s Knee, Nadav Lapid’s latest provocation is Y, an Israeli filmmaker in his mid-forties, who arrives in a remote village at the far end of the desert to present one of his films. While there he meets Yahalom, an officer for the Ministry of Culture, and finds himself fighting two losing battles: one against the death of freedom in his country, the other against the death of his mother.
About Nadav Lapid
Nadav Lapid  has directed three feature films, Policeman (Special Jury Prize at Locarno IFF in 2011), The Kindergarten Teacher (Selected Cannes’ Critics week 2014, and which got a US remake in 2018), and Synonyms (Golden Bear and Fipresci award at the 2019 Berlinale).
Thematic Concerns
All of his films are marked by stark oppositions–between law and order, poetry and materialism–and the combustible dialectic reaction when these two opposing sides collide.A graduate from the University of Tel Aviv in philosophy and from Israel’s prestigious Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, Lapid has emerged as the most promising newcomers in international art cinema.He has also published a collection of short stories, Keep on Dancing, translated in several languages.

Ahed’s Knee, shot in the arid Israeli desert, is his latest and fourth film, world- premiering in Competition at the 2021 Cannes Film Fest.

Judith Lou Levy (Producer: Les Films du Bal)

Founded in 2011 in Paris by Judith Lou Levy, soon joined by Eve Robin, Les Films du Bal aspires to make films that are critical of our societies and their political landscapes, and aspire for renewal in form and aesthetics.

They completed their two first features in 2019, both presented at the Cannes Film Festival 2019: Atlantics by Mati Diop in Competition, awarded with the Grand Prix, and Zombi Child by Bertrand Bonello at Directors’ Fortnight.

They are currently ending post-production of Ilan Klipper’s Tightrope Walkers and Nadav Lapid’s Ahed’s Knee.