Once a year in the Jewish calendar, everything is upside down: the day of Purim. Karmi invites Gavriel to celebrate with his community. Little by little, delirium overtakes reality.

  • Joseph Romano
  • Joseph Romano
  • Joseph Romano
  • Antoine Millet
    Key Cast
    SHTTL (Ady Walter)
  • Tal Hever-Chybowski
    Key Cast
    Unorthodox (Maria Schrader), Yiddish (Nurith Aviv)
  • Gabriel Gozlan-Hagendorf
    Key Cast
  • Hugo Cohen
    Director of photography
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    French, Yiddish
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • DIA(S)PORAMA - French Jewish Film Festival
    January 31, 2023
  • MJFF - Moscow Jewish Film Festival
    Russian Federation
    September 4, 2023
  • Ambrosia Food & Drink Film Festival
    Russian Federation
    October 8, 2023
    Best Short Film
Director Biography - Joseph Romano

Joseph Romano is a French film director, screenwriter and film editor. In 2022, he made his debut in narrative cinema with the short film Pourim. Since 2020, he has been working in the Jewish media outlet Akadem. He has edited several films, including Succulente by Eliott Margueron (2020), for which he received an award for Best Film Editing at the London GlobeScreen Festival. Joseph Romano has also worked for the theater: from 2019, within the Paris Yiddish Center, he collaborated on the stage of Jacob Jacobson, for which he was light designer and assistant to the director.

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Director Statement

'Pourim' is a film about the celebration of this very special holiday (Purim). The story of Esther has been shown more than once, but never the celebration of Purim itself: a great carnival, and an opportunity for Jews around the world to dress up, sing and dance. It is even commanded to get drunk to the point of confusing "cursed be Haman”, and “blessed be Mordecai”.

This project was born from an observation: we too often contrast religion, which we deem as something austere, with a liberal culture which we perceive as joyful and transgressive. This contrast is omnipresent in cinema, where the representation of the religious environment serves only to criticize it, and, implicitly, to promote liberal culture. While these representations may portray the dogmatic side of certain communities well, they often miss the fantasy of religion.

The script of the film was built around extensive research into the celebration of Purim, including its extravagant and folkloric traditions: the designation of a temporary rabbi, the Purim Rov, to make fun of religious authorities; the parody of sacred texts in order to praise drunkenness; or even the construction of an effigy of Haman, burned or hanged. Most of these traditions, if they have not completely disappeared, have faded over time, or at least in liberal communities. The film aims to crystallize them.