Free Israeli movie on Friday

“Footnote,” (2011, Israel, directed by Joseph Cedar, 103 min.) is a drama/comedy (nominated for an Oscar for best foreign-language film in 2012) that tells the story of a great rivalry between two professor Shkolniks: father Eliezer (Schlomo Bar Aba) and son Uriel (Lior Ashkenazi), both eccentric specialists in the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. While the son has published a lot and is widely recognized, the father has worked without recognition and bases his life’s accomplishments on one footnote. The announcement that the Israel Prize has been awarded to Professor Shkolnik seems to herald a change in fortunes, but in fact precipitates what critic A. O. Scott describes as “an intergenerational tzimmes (fuss) worthy of Shakespeare, Freud or the more melodramatic portions of the Hebrew Bible.” Some scenes of a faculty committee meeting where ethical dilemmas are discussed are hilariously choreographed. Also with Alisa Rosen as Yehudit, Uriel’s wife, Alma Zak as Dikla, Eliezer’s wife, and Micah Lewesohn as Eliezer’s nemesis, Yehuda Grossman.