Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Past Life

2016, Avi Nesher, Israel/Poland, 109 min. With Nelly Tagar, Joy Rieger.


Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 9th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jun 9th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jun 10th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Jun 11th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Jun 12th 8:15pm
  • Tue, Jun 13th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jun 14th 8:15pm
  • Thu, Jun 15th 6:00pm
Chicago premiere!

“Brilliant, haunting…moving, original, quirky and suspenseful.” — Hannah Brown, Jerusalem Post

“Emotionally resonant…strong performances.” — Oktay Ege Kozak, The Playlist

Two sisters team up to unravel a dark secret from their family past in this moving tale based on an incident from the life of choral composer Ella Milch-Sheriff, who also composed the film’s memorable soundtrack. Following a Berlin concert, an elderly woman shouting a horrifying accusation violently accosts Sephi (Rieger), a talented but shy music student and soloist. Back home in Tel Aviv, sister Nana (Tagar), an investigative journalist unhappily married to a man with a wandering eye, begins to search out the clues that connect a cellar in Poland during WWII, their father’s missing wartime diary, and a stranger who arrives with a special interest in Sephi. Director Nesher (THE MATCHMAKER, THE SECRETS) deftly connects the historical and the spiritual through a story of dramatic highs and lows that match its majestic strains of classical choral music. In English, German, Polish, and Hebrew with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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