In the Jewish religion, a week of sitting Shiva (or mourning the deceased) is called for after a funeral. However, for Eyal and Vicky, a week is hardly enough time to properly mourn the loss of their 25-year-old son Ronnie. A married couple edging into the back half of middle age, the two find themselves reacting to the end of the Shiva in markedly different ways. Asaph Polonsky’s debut feature One Week and a Day juxtaposes the grieving process against the immutable fact that, despite the most painful losses imaginable, the world stops for no one’s mourning. With endearing performances from Shai Avivi and Evgenia Dodina as Eyal and Vicky, and Tomer Kapon as Zooler, One Week and a Day provides a nuanced perspective on loss that is as merciless as it is funny and insightful.
(In Hebrew with English subtitles)
Winner: Cannes Film Festival GAN Award
Jerusalem Film Festival Best Israeli Feature,
Best First Film, FIPRESCI Prize
AFI Fest Breakthrough Audience Award
“Tears of laughter and tears of grief are both in abundant supply in Asaph Polonsky’s uproariously funny and heart-wrenchingly moving ONE WEEK AND A DAY.”Ben Croll, THE WRAP
“The strength of Asaph Polonskys debut feature is that it’s actually a bittersweet comedy-drama in which the pain is as real as the frequent chuckles.” ”Boyd van Hoeij, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“Polonsky resists easy sentimentalisation…the moments of stillness have real potency.”Wendy Ide, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL
Directed by ASAPH POLONSKY/Israel/2017/1hr, 38mins.
Sharon Alexander, Shai Avivi, Evginia Dodina
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