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Florida Premiere

Last Picture Show in Bucharest

Directed by Ludi Boeken

Israel | 75 minutes | 2020

Hebrew, French, Romanian with English subtitles

In 1941 the Bucharest Pogrom breaks out and as 10-year-old Eliahu watches the last picture show, he sees his father, the cinema owner, murdered by his next-door neighbor, the leader of the fascist militia. After surviving the massacre of Romania's Jews, Eliahu seeks justice; yet postwar Romania does not join him in this pursuit, nor does the Israel to which he emigrates. Learning that his father's killer is now fighting in Vietnam with the French Foreign Legion while he is fulfilling his own military service in Israel, Eliahu deserts and embarks on a quest for truth, justice, and revenge. This saga of Eliahu (later known as “Tony Nelson”) unfolds at the 1955 Court Martial in which he stands accused of desertion for 846 days. Last Picture Show in Bucharest is inspired by a true story.

Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with director Ludi Boeken and actress Julia Levy-Boeken. To view the conversation please click here.

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Ludi Boeken was a war correspondent for the BBC and also founder of Raphael Films, for which he produced such acclaimed films like Robert Altman's Vincent & Theo (1990) and Radu Mihaleanu's Train of Life (1999).
Director Ludi Boeken
Countries of Production Israel
Year of Presentation 2020
Language(s) Hebrew, French, Romanian with English subtitles
Premiere Status Florida Premiere
Runtime 75 minutes
Principal Cast Paul Diaconescu, Julia Levy Boeken, Eitan Anner, Cristian Balint
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