Official Selection 2022
Roee Rosen

KAFKA FOR KIDS

Israël / 2022 / Colour / 111’ — FIDLab 2017
French Premiere

Roee Rosen’s take on The Metamorphosis delivers Kafka in explosive form. We remember his Dust Channel (FID 2016), which combined Buñuel’s Andalusian Dog with Dyson hoovers in a gritty political tale about the Israeli occupation. This Kafka is “aimed at kids” , but “what is a kid?” we hear as a ritornellos: it’s a musical comedy composed like an episodic television programme, complete with commercial breaks. The storyteller and his listener, a ‘little girl’ and ‘model child’, lead us into a vibrant world. The filmmaker multiplies the layers of the story, twists and peppers them with unpredictable tangents. So, in addition to the metamorphosis of Gregor Samsa depicted through his own animated gouaches, Rosen telescopes Sacher Masoch, among other figures, and, as a core element, a law regarding Palestinian children. This was a key element in his previous film, Explaining the law to Kwame (FID 2021), intended originally for this Kafka. It emerges unexpectedly, both like its heart and a graft. Layer upon layer, Rosen crafts a fable of uncomfortable strangeness, like the faces inserted into the set, the discordant timbre of Igor Krutogolov’s orchestra of dissonant toys and the extraordinarily versatile acting of Hani Furstenberg. The tangents act like a plethora of additional insights, summoning off-camera politics which seem to pervade and contaminate everything. Politics and eroticism, childhood and the law – Roee Rosen leads us into a world full of ambiguities, snares and contradictions.

(Nicolas Feodoroff) Roee Rosen

Technical sheet

Original version : english, hebrew
Subtitles : english
Script : Roee Rosen
Photography : Avner Shahaf
Editing : Max Lomberg
Music : Igor Krutogolov
Sound : Nir Rachmin
Casting : Hani Furstenberg, Jeff Francis, Eli Gorenstein

Production : Roee Rosen, Max Lomberg.

Filmography :
Marseille Jamilla, 2020
Explaining the Law to Kwame, 2020
The Dust Channel, 2016
The Buried Alive Videos, 2013
Tse (Out), 2010
Hilarious, 2010
Gagging During Confession: Names and Arms, 2008
The Confessions of Roee Rosen, 2008
Confessions Coming Soon, 2007
I Was Called Kuny-Lemel, 2007.
Two Women and A Man, 2005
Editor: The Zionist Ventriloquist, A Compilation of Video Hits, 2004
Dr Cross, A Dialogue, 1994.

INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR

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