Directed by Amos Gitai
Amos Gitai updates the Biblical story of Esther
in this unforgettable film. Drawing from ancient sources to explore the
world today, Esther is a "dense, provocative" film (Village Voice)
that is "bristling with ideas" (New York Times). Ahasverus, the ruler
of a great and sprawling kingdom, chooses as his queen Esther, a beautiful
peasant girl. Mordecai, Esther's uncle, convinces her not to tell Ahasverus
that she is Jewish. But when Mordecai refuses to bow down before Ahasverus'
lieutenant Haman, a vicious cycle of revenge begins, pitting friend against
friend and a king against his queen's people. Cinematography by Henri Alekan.
Hebrew, Arabic and other languages, with English subtitles. 96