Currently playing in competition at Cannes, Footnote (aka Hearat Shulayim) is the latest film from Joseph Cedar and focuses on the oddly compelling story of Talmudic scholars and the infighting surrounding a prestigious prize.

Whilst I was not entirely impressed with the film, my review will be up on the site shortly, I rather like the Israeli poster. Trading on an admittedly familiar design the poster is still clearly informed by the film and there are elements of the poster, the ‘reflection’ of the two characters for instance, which hint at the overriding themes. Not a startling or exemplary poster but an appropriate and considered one and amidst the barrage of poorly and seemingly lazily photo-shopped posters put out to promote larger budgeted fare such as X-Men First Class, it’s still a refreshing change.

The official synopsis is as follows,

FOOTNOTE is the story of a great rivalry between a father and son. Both eccentric professors, they have dedicated their lives to their work. The father seems a stubborn purist who fears the establishment. His son, Uriel, appears to strive on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition.

But one day, the tables turn. The two men switch places when the father learns he is to be awarded the most valuable honour one can receive. His desperate need for recognition is betrayed, his vanity exposed. Uriel is torn between pride and envy. Will he sabotage his father’s glory?

FOOTNOTE is the story of insane competition, the admiration and envy for a role model, bringing father and son to a final, bitter confrontation.

Via a variety of places but I saw it here first.