Appelfeld's Table

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Appelfeld's Table

  • Israel
  • 48
  • STC
  • Adi Japhet Fuchs

How do you turn a world of horror into a world of meaning? This is the metaphysical question that haunts Aharon Appelfeld, one of Israel’s most prominent and published writers. For three years, filmmaker Adi Japhet Fuchs accompanied Appelfeld to his favourite table at Anna Ticho House café in Jerusalem, a spot where he finds inspiration through observing others and ruminating about his past. Born in Romania and violently deported to a concentration camp when he was eight years old, Appelfeld escaped the camp and joined the Russian army before emigrating to Israel. Fuch’s lyrical documentary tells the writer’s dramatic life story, weaving together poignant archival footage with excerpts from Appelfeld’s writings. With his childhood and family shattered by the Second World War, the writer’s struggle has been to frame tragedy as a source for optimism and joy. Appelfeld’s Table is a caring portrait of a poet and his prose, delving deep into rich worlds of imagination and memory. Brett Hendrie

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