The dark humor comedy Concerned Citizen tells the story of a financiallysecure gay couple in an original way about the themes of gentrification, privilege and social responsibility. The film by the talented Israeli director Idan Haguel premiered at the Berlinale festival, opened the 23rd edition of the Mezipatra festival and is now heading to Czech cinemas.
Ben and Raz's life together looks like something out of a catalog. A harmonious relationship with plans to start a family, a beautiful apartment in an up-and-coming Tel Aviv neighborhood, a smoothie for breakfast every morning. But the reality around them is not at all as rosy as it might seem from the balcony. One day, Ben calls the police on a man who is leaning on a tree in the street that the hero planted with his own hands. But instead of being admonished, Ben witnesses unwarranted and racially motivated police brutality. The incident leaves him with a strong sense of guilt. Can he deal with him without acknowledging his privileged position as a secure gay white man? A complex picture moving on the edge of black comedy, melodrama and socially critical appeal opens up unpleasant but serious questions of social responsibility, gentrification of public space and the sustainability of liberalism. The film was nominated for a Teddy Award at the Berlinale festival.
About the director
Israeli director, screenwriter and producer Idan Haguel received his film education at Sapir Academic College. Since then, he has been a regular at the Berlinale festival, where he presented his short films as part of Berlinale Talents (a platform for rising stars of the film industry) and also premiered his debut feature Inertia (2016).
Izrael / 2022
Original name: Concerned Citizen
Director: Idan Haguel
Screenplay: Idan Haguel
Camera: Guy Sahaf
Music: Zoe Polanski
Actors: Shlomi Bertonov, Ariel Wolf
Recommended accessibility: 15+
Genre: Drama, comedy
Length: 82 minut
Copy: DCP2D, mp4
Subtitles: Czech, Czech + English