Thursdays at the Theatre: Off White Lies
A father and his young daughter form an emotional bond while posing as war refugees in this hit Israeli comedy/drama from director Maya Kenig.
Time: 7:00 PM
Historic Yuma Theatre, 254 S. Main Street, Yuma, Arizona
Israeli filmmaker Maya Kenig uses the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah as a springboard for an exploration of the troubled relationship between a father and daughter in her debut feature, Off-White Lies. Nominated for seven Israeli Academy Awards including best film, it doesn't fully live up to its provocative premise but provides some amusing and moving moments along the way.
At the film's beginning, thirteen-year-old Libi (Elya Inbar) arrives in Israel to stay with her father Shaul (Gur Bentvich), who she barely knows, after an unexplained stay in California. She soon discovers that he's both unemployed and homeless, a self-described inventor of such things as fake turd that doubles as a secret repository for keys.
Needing a place for them to stay, the fast-talking Shaul hatches a scheme in which they'll pretend to be refugees from the war-torn northern region of the country. They're soon taken in by a kindly well-off Jerusalem couple, whose open marriage provides him with a convenient romantic opportunity. It's one of but many deceptions that threaten to unravel the growing bond between father and daughter.
Released in 2011, Off White Lies is a thriller/comedy from Israel and Norway in Hebrew and English with English subtitles and a run time of 86 minutes.
About Thursdays at the Theatre
Thursdays at the Theatre is a film series presented by the Arizona Western College Foundation with the support of the Historic Yuma Theatre and the AWC Academic Library. Media partners include the Yuma Sun and KAWC.
Admission for this production is $5.00 donation per person, and tickets are available pre-sale or at the box office on the day of the show. Tickets may be purchased in person at City Hall or the Historic Yuma Theatre, or via phone at (928) 373-5202.
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