Death of cinema and of my father too: a surprising docu-fiction on the passage of time – cinema news

This Wednesday is the theatrical debut of Israeli director Dani Rosenberg, “The Death of Cinema and My Father Too”, an astonishing cinematographic attempt addressing the issue of mourning and acceptance.

Death of cinema and of my father too: a surprising docu-fiction on the passage of time - cinema news
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What is it about ?

Asaf, a young director, offers his father Yoel a role in his next film. When Yoel falls ill, Asaf puts everything in place to continue filming. In an attempt to freeze time, he shares with his father his love of cinema to face life, and death too.

Directed by Dani Rosenberg. With Marek Rozenbaum and Roni Kuban.

For his first feature film, Dani Rosenberg did not make it easy for himself. The Israeli director sought to build a film around his father, who has always been the hero of his short films. But when he learns that he has cancer, he no longer fancies his son, and Rosenberg’s project is put on hold.

The latter then focuses on a new way of treating his relationship with his father, and this is how Death of cinema and of my father too. He then imagines the story of a father (Yoel, played by Marek Rozenbaum) and his son Asaf (Roni kuban), aspiring director seeking to shoot one last time with his father, who refuses because he knows he is condemned.

Death of cinema and of my father too: a surprising docu-fiction on the passage of time - cinema news

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Roni Kuban (Assaf) contemplates his father Marek Rozenbaum (Yoel)

The Death of cinema and of my father also oscillates between two forms: that of the fictional film with the opposition between Asaf and Yoel, who drags his feet to ensure his scenes from the film shot by his son, and that of the documentary with images very real discussions between Rosenberg and his own father. In fact, the benchmarks are blurring.

The film is however aptly titled since “The death of the cinema” represents the fictional part and “the death of the father” the passages of Rosenberg with his sick father. The end result is sometimes confused but we must salute the ambition of this hybrid form for a first feature film.

Death of cinema and of my father too: a surprising docu-fiction on the passage of time - cinema news

Nour Films

We can also be moved by the fact that the father is at peace with the idea of ​​leaving this world, but that the son is not ready to see his hero die. He is so obsessed with the idea of ​​immortalizing him in his feature film that he abandons his life as a couple and his wife (formidable Noa Koler), who is pregnant.

Reflection on the passing of time, acceptance of the death of loved ones, original in its form and without concession, Death of cinema and of my father too is an attempt which disconcerts but imposes by its authenticity and the universality of its subject.

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