A stark adaptation of Aharon Appelfeld’s 1982 novel that keeps the historical horrors offscreen, challenging audiences instead with its formal severity. With its simple, bare-boned narrative made arcane by Gitai’s more intuitive poetic flourishes, this female-oriented, Ukraine-set survival tale makes grander emotional gestures as it goes along — integrating the eponymous Tsili’s grueling odyssey with that of her people at large. Escaping the savagery of the valley, Tsili finds refuge in the nature. Tsili gathers all the forces of intuition and vitality to survive in this desperate universe.
|Running Time:||88 min.|
|Subject(s):||Cinema, Family, Genocide, Holocaust, Jewish Studies, Law and Justice, Literature, Military, Personal Story, War, Women, Youth|
|Language(s):||German, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Yidish|
|Editor(s):||Yuval Orr, Isabelle Ingold|
|Production Company:||Agav Films, Archipel 35, Hamon Hafakot, Trikita Entertainment, Citrullo International|