The Bentwich Syndrome
  • Spring Chicken
Showings
Cinearts at Palo Alto SquareMon, Jul 25, 2016 1:20 PM Not Available
 
Roda TheatreFri, Jul 29, 2016 11:50 AM Not Available
 
Film Info
Director(s):Gur Bentwich
Cinematographer:Maya Kenig
Country:Israel
Year of Production:2015
Running Time:68 min.
Language(s):Hebrew w/ English subtitles
Categories:Documentary
Genre-Subject:Dramedy
Comedy
Religion & Spirituality
Documentary Feature
Family
Comedy
Jewish
Independent
Senior/Aging
Period/Historical
History
Film History
Description
According to Gur Bentwich, Bentwich Syndrome is a psychological phenomenon which causes the sufferers to glorify their family and exaggerate its importance. This zany adventure follows Gur, his wife and co-director Maya Kenig and their young children as they traverse continents to determine whether there is indeed something truly impressive about their family, which is made up of dozens of early Zionists, groundbreaking artists and other nearly forgotten family members “scanning the horizon seeking something more abstract” as one cousin so aptly puts it. In this lighthearted road trip the audience is invited to cram into the back seat and enjoy the ride. Bentwiches of present as well as those long departed come to life through Monty Python-esque animation. Examining Anglo-Jewish life of the 19th and 20th centuries, the birth of Zionism and the power of the patriarchy, directors Bentwich and Kenig join the long line of those suffering from Bentwich Syndrome, a malady which it seems is ultimately something to be proud of. —Alexis Whitman

Preceded by Spring Chicken, Dir. Tamir Elterman.

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