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A boldly conceived drama pivoting on the initially unrelated activities of an elite anti-terrorist police unit and some wealthy young anarchists, Policeman is the striking first feature from writer-director Nadav Lapid. Provocatively timely in light of recent unrest tied to social and economic inequalities in Israel, this is a powerfully physical film in its depiction of the muscular, borderline sensual way the macho cops relate to one another, as well as for the emphatic style with which the opposing societal forces are contrasted and finally pitted against one another. Although the youthful revolutionaries come off as petulant and spoiled, their point about the growing gap between the Israeli haves and have-nots cannot be ignored, even by the policemen sent on a rare mission to engage fellow countrymen rather than Palestinians. A winner of three prizes at the Jerusalem Film Festival and a special jury prize at Locarno.
New York Film Festival, 2011
Locarno International Film Festival, 2011
San Francisco Film Festival, 2012
“An electrifying feature directing debut” —Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“A slow-burning marvel to behold” —Michael Nordine, The Village Voice
“The arrival of an outstanding filmmaker” —Oliviere Pere, Cinema Scope
“Boldly conceived and bracingly told” —Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter