"An Israeli filmmaker travels to a village in the middle of the desert to present his latest film in the local library.
"An Israeli filmmaker travels to a village in the middle of the desert to present his latest film in the local library. He has actually long since finished the project and is only thinking about his next work, which is to tell the story of a Palestinian activist. But when he is asked to sign a statement before the presentation of his film that he will not speak about certain topics at the event, a bitter discussion about freedom of speech and politics breaks out."
"Full of anger and fervor,Ahed's Kneesshouts out a critique of Israeli nationalism - an assaultive film that denounces censorship and the compulsion to conform to an authoritarian cultural policy, but also deals side-swipes at Israel's militarism and settlement construction."
Mannheim Heidelberg International Film Festival
"InAhed's Kneebroiled and boiled so much, so much pain and so much self-reproach, as he (the filmmaker, editor's note) circles around the idea that his rise to national leadership has made him complicit in abuse, a process that began while he was still in uniform. The film achieves its own kind of relief or contemptuous euphoria when it erupts in music-especially in an amazing flashback scene where the soldiers all dance together."
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 07/07/2021
"Stylistically impressive and full of furious energy. One of the most interesting directors in current auteur cinema."
Film director and screenwriter Nadav Lapid was born in Tel Aviv in 1975. There he studied philosophy, after his military service literature in Paris and finally film at theSam Spiegel Film & Television Schoolin Jerusalem. In Israel he was involved in several documentary films. With his filmsThe Policeman,Synonyms he won numerous awards, including theSpecial Jury Prizeat the Locarno Film Festival and the Golden Bear at the Berlinale. WithAhed's Kneel, Lapid delivers a feisty, angry film full of energy that harshly criticizes the (cultural) political course in his country. Lapid is one of the most important Israeli filmmakers: inside the present.