Russian Jews: Film One—Before the Revolution tells the story of the Jewish people across the Russian empire, including the traditional way of life in Russia and their entering into general society.
A cinematic adaptation of Aharon Appelfeld’s novel Night after Night, this Israeli film set in 1960’s Jerusalem, in the titular Pracht inn, sees a quirky group of residents, all Holocaust survivors, suffer from insomnia as they pass their nights playing cards and drinking.
The boarders can’t shake off their nightmarish wartime memories, as moving on and building new lives in Israel necessitates abandoning their past and letting go of their loved ones who didn’t survive. I
n the Pracht Inn, they find a microcosm of the European world they left behind, ruled by the cold and pedantic Mrs. Pracht, whose insistence on order and discipline and disdain for the past reminds them that although they have escaped the concentration camps, they still have to cope with cruelty and injustice.
93 MIN / Hebrew, Yiddish (English subtitles)
Director — Tamar Yaron