"Ivan and Abraham"
Directed by Yolande Zauberman
Winner at the Cannes
Film Festival, this powerful film is the story of the friendship of
Abraham, a volatile Jewish boy, and Ivan, an older Christian boy, who flee
1930s Poland, where political tensions are mounting, to the vast and
perilous countryside. The runaways are followed by Aaron, a young
Communist outlaw, and Abraham's teenage sister, Rachel, whose love for
Aaron has estranged her from her family. Expertly interweaving personal
drama and and historical perspective, the film centers on these four
outcasts as they try to detach themselves from a world hurtling into chaos
and violence. "Dazzling in its beauty, its audacity, its
intelligence, its subtlety, its freedom" (Claude Lanzmann, director
of Shoah). Yiddish, Polish, Russian and Gypsy dialog with English
subtitles. 105 minutes.