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)

Monday, June 12 at 8:15 PM: Join us for Neighborhood Night, an evening of quality cinema and community. On Neighborhood Night, everyone is a Film Center member paying only $6 per film; if you are already a member, the price is only $5. Between films, enjoy a light reception thanks to our partners.

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