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ONE WEEK AND A DAY (SHAVUA VE YOM)

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  • For Eyal and Vicky, it is the end of Shiva, the seven-day Jewish mourning ritual when a bereaved family opens their home to visitors. Grieving the death of their 25-year-old son, the couple tries to return to their lives in different ways. Vicky is eager to get back to teaching her elementary school students, while Eyal tries to make use of his son's remaining medical marijuana from hospice. Unable to roll a joint, Eyal enlists the help of their neighbor's son, a stoner sushi deliverer named Zooler. Dentist appointments, kittens, annoying nymphomaniac neighbors, ping pong and air guitar are all fodder in Israeli-American filmmaker and AFI alum Asaph Polonsky's feature debut. ONE WEEK AND A DAY is a dramedy about the unimaginable yet common grief of two surviving parents. Wry and moving but decidedly unsentimental, it finds absurdity in life after death. — Sudeep Sharma

  • Born in 1983, Asaph Polonsky is a graduate of the AFI Conservatory (Class of 2012). His short films include IN BED AT 10 P.M. (2010) and SAMNANG (2013). ONE WEEK AND A DAY, which premiered at the 2016 Cannes International Film Festival Critics’ Week, is his feature debut.

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