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Brief synopsis

English :

In Paris, things do not exactly get off to a good start for Yoav. He knocks on the door of a flat, only to discover the place is empty and, while he is taking a bath there, his things are stolen. Yet this young Israeli had arrived with such great expectations. He is determined to get rid of his nationality as quickly as possible. For him, being Israeli is like a tumour that has to be surgically removed. Becoming French, on the other hand, would quite simply mean his salvation. In order to erase his origins, Yoav first tries to replace his language. From now on, he will not utter a single word of Hebrew. The dictionary becomes his constant companion. The necessary visits to the Israeli embassy annoy him; he finds his compatriots to be a total burden. But the naturalisation test also has its pitfalls. And the young French couple whom he befriends has some rather strange ideas about how to help him.



Français :
Yoav, un jeune Israélien, atterrit à Paris, avec l'espoir que la France et le français le sauveront de la folie de son pays.


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Tom MercierYoav [L]
Quentin DolmaireÉmile [L]Yascha Finn Nolting
Louise ChevillotteCaroline [L]Anna Klimovitskaya
Olivier LoustauMichel [SR]Raphael Rubino
diverse [SR]Sunna Hettinger
Christophe PaouRaphaël [SR]Jürgen Heimüller


Production accountantAndrea Göpfert
1st ADJustinien Schricke
Director of photographyShai Goldman
2nd assistant cameraDiane Plas
Casting directorStéphane Batut
Casting directorOrit Zulay
Costume designerKhadija Zeggaï
DirectorNadav Lapid
EditorEra Lapid
ProducerMichel Merkt
ProducerSaïd Ben SaïdSBS Films
Co-producerTalia Kleinhendler
Co-producerOlivier Pèrearte
Co-producerRémi Burah
Co-producerJonas Dornbach
Co-producerOsnat Handelsman-Keren
Co-producerJanine Jackowski
Associate producerKevin Chneiweiss
Production designerPascale Consigny
Location scoutSéverine Deluc
Location scoutAlexandra Maugrion
Line producerBen von Dobeneck
Unit production managerMarianne Germain
Unit managerLogan Lelièvre
ScreenwriterNadav Lapid
ScreenwriterHaïm Lapid
Production sound mixerMarina Kertesz

Production companies

SBS Films [fr]
Komplizen Film GmbH [de]co-production
Arte France Cinéma [fr]co-production
Pie Films [il]co-production

Distributing companies

SBS Films [fr]Distribution France & World Sales


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Saïd Ben Saïd2019Int. Filmfestspiele Berlin [de]Goldener Bär für den besten FilmWinner
Michel Merkt2019Int. Filmfestspiele Berlin [de]Goldener Bär für den besten FilmWinner
Nadav Lapid2019Int. Filmfestspiele Berlin [de]Goldener Bär für den besten FilmWinner
Nadav Lapid2019Int. Filmfestspiele Berlin [de]Fipresci-Preis (Wettbewerb)Winner


2019GermanyInt. Filmfestspiele Berlin (Berlinale)Competition
2019South KoreaBusan International Film FestivalSektion: World Cinema
2019BrazilSao Paulo International Film FestivalInternational Perspective
2019CanadaToronto International Film Festival (TIFF)Contemporary World Cinema


Theatre releaseArgentinaThursday, 14/11/2019
Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 05/09/2019
Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 27/03/2019
PremiereWednesday, 13/02/2019Berlinale