FESTIVALS: * 2016 True/False Film Fest (USA)
* Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival (Greece)
* Docudays UA (Ukraine)
* Belfast Film Festival (Northern Ireland.)
* Docs Against Gravity Film Festival (Poland)
* Docaviv (Israel)
* Open City Docs (UK)
* Feature Length Competition - IDFA 2015
AWARDS: * DOCU/LIFE main award@Docudays UA
"For its superb and precise depiction of a hidden and claustrophobic world full of memory and pain, the directors beautifully realize a work of cinematic accomplishment that makes for one of the most expansively human portraits we’ve ever had the privilege to see . It is, simply put, a big film."
Thy Father’s Chair
Human Interest, Personal Story, Psychology
Italy, US, Spain
Running time |
74’ - 52’
GraffitiDoc (Italy), No Permits Produktions (USA), Inicia Films (Spain)
Alex Lora, Antonio Tibaldi
Abraham and Shraga are Orthodox Jewish aging twins who live a secluded existence in their inherited Brooklyn home. Since the death of their parents, they have stopped throwing away anything, hosting stray cats and accumulating all sorts of sorts of stuff.
Enraged by the situation, the upstairs tenant threatens to stop paying them rent unless they proceed with a radical cleaning of their apartment. Abraham and Shraga are forced to open their doors to a specialized cleaning company.
What ensues seems at first only a traumatic invasion of privacy, with the twins fighting to preserve their memories – but little by little the relationship with the head of the cleaning company begins to deepen. By painfully separating from most of their belongings, Abraham and Shraga might have a chance to recover their lost purity. They are pushed to find new solutions to many unanswered questions: how free are you within the boundaries of your heritage? How do you begin to let go the past go and live your life in the present? How do you confront the loss of your parents and become responsible for yourself?
"True/False 2016: In 'Thy Father's Chair,' housecleaning, religion and an unwitting cat surplus"
- Los Angeles Times by Steven Zeitchik
"a standout among the many world premieres at Amsterdam's gigantic nonfiction showcase IDFA"
- The Hollywood Reporter