Walker Art Center

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The World Is Funny

Directed by Shemi Zarhin, regional premiere

“[Director] Zarhin shows how love can both wound and provide remedy, how fiction can make reality bearable, and how humor works as a social tool people use to fix one another.” —Variety

Taking cues—and its title—from a popular comedy troupe, this tender and quirky film unfolds in provincial northern Israel where three estranged siblings attempt to find their commonality and compassion. Told with a unique blend of fact and fantasy, the ambitious story slowly merges parallel plots into an inspiring portrait of an idiosyncratic family. Nominated for 15 Ophir Awards (the Israeli Academy Awards), including best feature, this fanciful yet effective drama had no problem breaking records at the domestic box office. 2012, video, 122 minutes.

A reception follows the screening (nonkosher, dairy). Copresented with the 2013 Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival.