Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

UNDER WESTERN EYES

 

Year: 1996
Country: Israel
Run Time: 92 minutes

UNDER WESTERN EYES borrows its title from a Joseph Conrad novel about revolutionary Russia, and its climax from Xeno's Paradox. Its' about a spy but unlike any cloak-and-dagger thriller you've ever seen; bonds here are pyshcological, historical, and familial, not James. En route to Berlin to study architecture, Gary Razumov receives an urgent summons to Tel Aviv. His father Itzhak, a long-jailed Soviet secret agent who never cracked under interrogation, has escaped from prison. Gary has not seen his father in eight years, but an enigmatic series of audiotapes and hostile surveillance by an ill-matched pair of Israeli operatives compel the young scholar on a journy through the fringes of society. Alternating between color and monochrome, the camera follows Gary through way-stations in an emigre community that still considers Itzhak Razumov a hero, to a final reckoning in the desert. Wry, suspenseful, and as resonant as a pistol shot over arid sands, UNDER WESTERN EYES wil open yours. In Hebrew with English subtitles.

- Charles Cassady

Screenplay
Joseph Pitchhadze

Director
Joseph Pitchhadze

Producer
Dubi Baruch, Joseph Pitchhadze

Cinematography
Shai Goldman

Editing
Dov Steuer

Principal Cast
Eyal Schecter, Liat Glick, Carmel Betto, Ezra Kafri

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