Tribute to Judd Ne'eman

Streets of Yesterday

Screening Schedule:

Wed. 15/12 | 20:00 | Cinematheque

West Germany, UK, Israel, 1989, 92 min.

English, Hebrew Sub.

Dir. Judd Ne'eman
Cast: Paul McGann, Jon Finch, Suzan Sylvester, Nadim Sawalha, Rüdiger Vogle

One of Israel's leading and critically acclaimed film directors creates a powerful and provocative film that confronts the Israeli-Palestinian struggle. Ne'eman here draws heavily from the "spy thriller" genre (especially THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD) and Joseph Conrad's UNDER WESTERN EYES (a novel concerned with the psychology of betrayal). This is a story of a relationship between three men: Amin, a Palestinian nationalist; Joseph, an Israeli peacenik; and Colonel Shalit, a right-wing Israeli intelligence officer. The film unfolds in two interwoven parts: first, in Berlin, and then as a flashback in Jerusalem where Shalit turns a bungled Palestinian attempt to kill a United States diplomat into a successful Mossad assassination of a dovish Israeli Foreign Minister, and then pins it on the Palestinians. In Berlin, the characters try to deal with the consequences of their moral ambiguity, deceit, and private intrigues. It is a cat-and-mouse game, where everyone's loyalties come into question. A chilling and ambitious drama which breaks every stereotype and effectively places responsibility on all of the players.