Yoel Edelstein’s farewell to the world comes in the form of two stories. Only one of them happened.
The first ,the fictional one ,starts one summer night, when rumor of an imminent Iranian attack on Tel Aviv drives Yoel to gather his immediate family and escape to Jerusalem on a tragic comic journey, far away from the danger zone and up close with their inner selves. Though Tel Aviv goes up in flames at the end of the fictional story, Yoel's real world does not end with an explosion, but comes apart.
The Gospel According to My Father - A Tragic Comic Elegy
When I started writing the script, my goal was to explore the never-ending Israeli dread of war and the worldwide fear of an approaching disaster. By the time I got to the end, I realized that had I written about my family, their stories and anxieties, my father’s illness and my own fear of losing him.
These questions led me to cut short the escape to Jerusalem, and open a window into Yoel’s real life at the beginning of the second act.
While Yoel’s fictitious character will complete his journey by the end of that breathless, claustrophobic night, and find peace, the parallel journey will be broken up and limited to one space, focusing on the father and son’s attempt at stopping the flow of time. Yoel struggles against the finality of death, while his filmmaker son tries to reinvent his dying father as a hero, to immortalize his memory before he slips away from this world, to freeze the moment. Time, however, haunts the both of them until the inevitable end.