Frictions develop when Yisroel "Izzy" Jonigkeyt, a Chassidic Jew from Crown Heights, travels to San Francisco on the eve of his own wedding to visit Polish-born Catholic friend Marek Wisniewski with the intent of discovering why a Bay Area art-world iconoclast named Harry Kierk seeks to destroy a lifetime's worth of his own work. As the visit progresses, Izzy and Marek discover for the first time that complex historical baggage impinges on their curious friendship and, soon, they begin to understand why Kierk is driven towards destruction. Continued encounters with Marek's vaguely anti-Semitic cousin Irek (who is their only gateway to contact Kierk) only compound these tensions.
Specifically, Ezer Kenegdo is about the complex, fraught history that people of Jewish and Polish heritage share, but in a broader sense, it is about the ways that culture, history, and heritage both bind and divide us. It plumbs the complexity of male friendships, and how elastic and indefinable such relationships can be.
**Strong language advisory**
100 minutes / 2017 / Starring Daniel Kremer, Deniz Demirer, Cannes and Sundance-winner Rob Nilsson (Northern Lights, Signal 7, Heat and Sunlight), Kris Caltagirone, international sensation Joshua Safdie (Good Time, Heaven Knows What, Daddy Longlegs), and Penny Werner
Shown at the prestigious Joseph Conrad Festival (Krakow, Poland - world premiere), Rivers Edge International Film Festival, Cork International Film Festival - currently in release
Thursday Feb 22
7:30pm doors open
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