The Testament

Poster for The Testament Yoel, a meticulous historian leading a significant debate against holocaust deniers, discovers that his mother carries a false identity. A mystery about a man who is willing to risk everything to discover the truth.

Year:
2017
Length:
88 minutes
Country:
Director:
Amichai Greenberg
Genre:

Shown at

  1. 15th Annual JCC Rockland International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  2. 15th Annual Ventura County Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  3. 20th Annual Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival (Detroit) - 2018
  4. 22nd Annual Hartford Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  5. 22nd Annual Jewish Film Festival of Dallas - 2018
  6. 26th Portland Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  7. 26th Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  8. 28th Annual Orange County International Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  9. 28th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  10. 33rd Annual Buffalo International Jewish Film - 2018
  11. 7th Annual Augusta Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  12. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  13. Austin Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  14. Beth Tzedec Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  15. Boulder Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  16. Brooklyn Israel Film Festival - 2018
  17. Budapesti Zsidó és Izraeli Filmfesztivál - 2018
  18. Charlotte Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  19. Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema - 2017
  20. Cleveland Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  21. Columbus Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  22. Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  23. Edmonton Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  24. Fresno Jewish Film Series - 2018
  25. Gainesville Jewish Film Fest - 2018
  26. Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  27. Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  28. Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  29. Indianapolis Israeli Film Festival - 2018
  30. Israel Film Festival - Singapore - 2018
  31. Israel Film Festival Los Angeles - 2017
  32. Israel Film Festival New York - 2018
  33. Jewish and Israeli Film Festival (Allentown) - 2019
  34. Jewish Cinema Mississippi - 2018
  35. Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida - 2018
  36. JPL Israeli Film Festival (Montreal) - 2019
  37. Karen Schneider Jewish Film Festival of Flint - 2018
  38. Miami Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  39. Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  40. Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  41. Nashville Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  42. PJFF Fall Festival - 2017
  43. Randi & Bruce Pergament Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  44. Rehoboth Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  45. Rutgers Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  46. Savannah Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  47. Schenectady Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  48. Seattle Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  49. SERET - The UK Israeli Film & TV Festival - 2019
  50. SERET Internacional (Santiago) - 2018
  51. SERET the London Israeli Film & TV Festival - 2018
  52. Seret: The Amsterdam Israeli Film and Television Festival - 2018
  53. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  54. Sonoma County Israeli Film Fest - 2019
  55. Southwest Michigan Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  56. St. Louis Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  57. Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  58. The JCC of Mid-Westchester’s Israel Film Festival - 2018
  59. Treasure Coast Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  60. UK Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  61. Vancouver Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  62. Westchester Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  63. Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival - 2018

10 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    Jerusalem is modern, secular, austere, noisy and progressive, in line with the aesthetics and the people of the institute, but it is simultaneously claustrophobic, damaged, conventional, quiet and outmoded, much like the Orthodox neighbourhoods where the hero lives. These are two sides of the same Israeli society, which usually have nothing in common apart from their collective historical memory.

    http://cineuropa.org/en/newsdetail/334150/

  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    One of the first things that strikes me during the film is what contrast Yoel’s modern workplace is with his profession that is researching and digging in the old one.

    https://moviesnoir.blogspot.com/2017/11/the-testament.html

  3. jewishfilmfests says:

    A Jewish historian investigating a Holocaust atrocity uncovers an identity-challenging family secret in this low-key film.

    https://variety.com/2017/film/festivals/the-testament-review-1202538589/

  4. jewishfilmfests says:

    Holocaust film ‘The Testament’ breaks poignant new ground in a flooded genre. Israeli director Amichai Greenberg unfolds a number of surprises in a movie which asks when ‘Never Again’ evolves from ideology to liturgy

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/holocaust-film-the-testament-breaks-poignant-new-ground-in-a-flooded-genre/

  5. jewishfilmfests says:

    ‘The Testament’ manages to avoid the familiar tropes of Holocaust movies and to provide a surprising viewpoint

    https://www.haaretz.com/life/film/.premium-the-testament-explores-nazi-soiree-that-killed-captive-jews-1.5762510

  6. jewishfilmfests says:

    Greenberg and cinematographer Moshe Mishali pull off the occasional arresting image, such as the very first shot, in which Yoel traverses an ancient-looking stone bridge. Scenes featuring vast library shelves, meanwhile, play tricks of scale to subtly emphasize our hero’s inconspicuous smallness within the larger mechanism of the Institute.

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/testament-ha-edut-1040574

  7. jewishfilmfests says:

    Israeli director’s slow-burn thriller probes legacy of Holocaust for survivors and contemporary questions of identity.

    https://www.screendaily.com/interviews/amichai-greenberg-talks-haifa-winner-the-testament/5123320.article

  8. jewishfilmfests says:

    In the end, The Testament doesn’t take those questions in directions that make it very fun to watch. Like Yoel, the film has a dryness to it that just keeps it distant. Perhaps for those closely connected to the religion, the film will have a deeper impact. The Testament is a lost opportunity to truly connect a wider audience with the universal question of what makes us who we are.

    https://www.monkeysfightingrobots.co/testament-film-review-missed-opportunity/

  9. jewishfilmfests says:

    THE TESTAMENT is an intriguing mystery and a different kind of Holocaust tale, as well as a thoughtful exploration of the nature of identity.

    http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2017/11/sliff-2017-review-testament/

  10. jewishfilmfests says:

    “The Testament,” a remarkably reflective masterpiece, is being shown at many Jewish Film Festivals showing throughout the United States.

    http://itsjustmovies.com/review-the-testament/

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