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Tsili France, Israel, Italy, Russia / 2014

“An essential film about the Holocaust" – Cinedivergente

Israeli auteur Amos Gitai directs the poetic Holocaust drama Tsili, based on Aharon Appelfeld’s 1982 novel.  Entirely in Yiddish language, Gitai’s film tells the story of a young Jewish woman named Tsili who hides in a forest south of Czernowicz after her entire family has been deported to the camps. Submerged in the nightmare of the war, Tsili gathers all the forces of intuition and vitality to survive in her desperate universe.

This adaptation of Appelfeld’s powerful book, shot in Yiddish, gives fresh intimacy and urgency to the story of Tsili, and follows her subsequent wandering and search for meaning following the war.

90 mins / Yiddish (English subtitles)

Director — Amos Gitai