Tue, May 22, 7:30pm: Introduction by the Nashville Jewish Film Festival. Post-screening discussion with Robert Penn Warren Humanities Fellows Ellen Armour, professor and director of the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender and Sexuality and Vanderbilt University Divinity School; and Shaul Kelner, associate professor of sociology and Jewish studies at Vanderbilt University. Co-presented by the Nashville Jewish Film Festival. BUY TICKETS
Love and faith are placed in dramatic opposition in this new film from writer-director Sebastián Lelio (A FANTASTIC WOMAN). Loosely based on British author Naomi Alderman's novel and co-scripted with playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Lelio's first film set outside of his native Chilé stars Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams as two passionate women caught on either side of the line that divides the devout from the secular.
Happily single and living a rich life as a photographer in New York, Ronit (Weisz) is very much the black sheep of her London-based Orthodox Jewish family. When her revered rabbi father dies, Ronit returns home to pay her respects and liquidate her inheritance. But surprises await, chief among them the news that Dovid (Alessandro Nivola)—the heir apparent to Ronit's father and very much the son he never had —has married Ronit's childhood friend Esti (McAdams). While Dovid prepares to take over the hallowed place at the synagogue, Ronit and Esti become reacquainted. An old flame is reignited—one that could torch everything this family most cherishes. Paying equal respect to personal liberty and religious conviction, DISOBEDIENCE is much more than a topical culture-war drama. It is a thoughtful, tender story about looking in, reaching out, discovering what you truly believe, and fighting for it.
“After the transcendent GLORIA, and this year’s already buzzworthy A FANTASTIC WOMAN, Lelio once again shows a remarkable sensitivity to the challenges women face, particularly those who are marginalized by their age or identity.” —Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist “Sebastian Lelio [brings] an empathetic gaze to complex stories of women weathering all the rocky changes life can throw at them… [A] transfixing consideration of love, faith, sexuality and personal freedom within the insular confines of a London Orthodox Jewish community… It confirms Lelio's ascent among the most interesting filmmakers coming out of Latin America.” —David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
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