Dir. Aurelie Saada, France, 2021, 102’
Inauguration of the 9th edition of “The Space of an Image. A Series of Films on Jewish Themes”
The screening will take place at the High Synagogue, ul. Józefa 38, Kraków (basement hall)
78-year-old Rose has just lost her beloved husband. When her grief gives way to a powerful impulse to live her life, making her realize that she can still redefine herself as a woman, the whole balance of the family is upset… Actress and now debuting director, writer and composer Aurélie Saada pours a tremendous amount of personal nostalgia into Rose, a heightened emotional drama steeped in love for her North African Jewish roots, from music (all written by Saada) to food — the credits even include her recipe for makroudh, a date-filled cookie. The film stars legendary French actress Françoise Fabian (Luis Bunuel’s Belle de Jour and Eric Rohmer’s My Night at Maud’s) as a recent widow whose sorrow gives way to a deep thirst for life. This helps her realize that there is still time for her to redefine herself as a woman, all while emerging from under her children’s straight jacketing concerns. Rose is an all-embracing effusion of Jewishness, both Sephardi and Ashkenazi, that promises to be a sure-fire crowd-pleaser.
Partner: Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Camera of David Foundation, the French Institute in Poland
In French with Polish and English subtitles. Free admission.