37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024



When Israeli twenty-something Yoav moves to Paris, France,he intends to rid himself of his nationality and craft a new identity. Upon arrival, however, he is immediately faced with hardship when all his belongings are taken in an apartment robbery. Luckily, a couple in the apartment below take Yoav under their wing as his personal guide for all things French.  Yoav takes his French dictionary with him everywhere, desperate to rid himself of the Hebrew language. His homeland is never far behind,however, especially when Yoav gets a security job at the Israeli consulate. Based on the real-life experiences of director Nadav Lapid, Synonyms reconciles the complexities of cultural identities while exploring the challenges of putting roots down in a new place. Introduction by Iana Dontcheva (VAFF)

Presented by Violet Crown Cinema

This film is part of the Israeli and Jewish Film series supported by Congregation Beth Israel


Saturday, October 26


5:30 PM


Violet Crown 5

Film Info

Director: Nadav Lapid

Runtime: 123 min.

Year: 2019

Country: France

Language: French

Accessibility: Subtitles

Featuring: Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire, Louise Chevillotte