Let It Be Morning
Mar 26, 2023
Oscar-nominated Let It Be Morning is a gentle comedy adapted for the screen from the novel of the same name about a man and his family unexpectedly trapped in their hometown village. Director Eran Kolirin (The Band’s Visit), poignantly weaves a satirical story around Sami, a middle-class Palestinian businessman based in Jerusalem, and his family who are attending his brother’s wedding in the small Arabic village in Israel where he grew up. Unexpectedly, Sami’s hometown is placed under a military lockdown in a search for West Bank Palestinians living in the village, including those working on the construction of a second home for his family. Sami, now unable to return home, is torn between allegiances and forced to reassess his past and confront his future. Israel’s official Oscar submission, Let It Be Morning swept the 2021 Ophir Awards (Israel’s equivalent of the Oscars). [2021, Israel, 101 min, Rating: NR, In Arabic with English subtitles] Randy Meyers of the San Jose Mercury News says, “Eran Kolirin’s satirical drama is a wily one, filled with layers and deeper context within its relatively simple framework as it relates the complexities of Palestinian-Israeli relations.” Venue: Cinema Art Theater. Presenter: Rehoboth Beach Film Society.