A Tramway in Jersualem


Landmark’s E Street Cinema Theater 4 Sun, Apr 28 2:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2018
Genre:Justice Matters
Production Country:Israel
Original Language:Hebrew, Arabic, French, Italian, Yiddish, and German
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Amos Gitai


One of Israel’s greatest directors, Amos Gitai (Rabin’s Last Day, FFDC 2016) turns his documentarist’s eye to fiction. In a series of vignettes, we meet various passengers in a Jerusalem tramcar. A picture of a people emerges, at turns comical, political, and transcendent. Women and Palestinians are routinely if differently harassed; others are “harassed by holiness.” Readers read (aloud) and rappers rap. A couple is turned on by military pride, and another couple will divorce over a wartime betrayal. A Frenchman sees Israel through Flaubert’s eyes, and a mother sees its dim future in her schlemiel son. Streetcar as metaphor is not new; it travels as Illusion in cinema (Luis Buñuel) and as Desire in theater (Tennessee Williams). That’s how Gitai’s tram works on us; eventually we guess it’s enacted, yet we pay our way and ride along, each time anew, to travel with a trusted conductor.—Judy Bloch


Preceded by the short film A LETTER TO A FRIEND IN GAZA

Included Shorts

A Letter to a Friend in Gaza (35min) More