Greener Pastures: A cranky Israeli nursing home resident gets a new lease on life as a cannabis dealer, in this sparkly comedy caper nominated for 12 Israeli Academy Awards including Best Film. Newly retired and recently widowed, Dov (Shlomo Bar Aba) feels imprisoned in his luxurious gated community. Low on money and friends, he hatches a plot to buy back his old rustic cottage by selling marijuana to fellow seniors. As his business takes off, along with romance, it’s not long before his distribution ring runs hilariously afoul of the police and local mafia. Boasting endearing performances, snappy dialogue, and plenty of laughs, this surefire crowd-pleaser speaks to one man’s later life redemption, while playfully poking fun at the hypocrisy of cannabis laws.
Sponsor: Arline & Gerald Polinsky Columbia Jewish Film Festival