France, Israel 2015
My hometown of Haifa was a very distinct socialist city with modernist style tenement housing, naïve folk dancing and an unusual quota of nature allotted for the blue collar workers and their neighborhoods. One day the Berlin Wall fell. And strangely, even though we were part of the “West“, change came. Cooked up and watered down American dreams for second rate nations were quickly taking over what was the social bedrock of our identity. Shopping centers, cableTV, tower housing sprouting everywhere. It happened very naturally. Our parents themselves were already cynical about social ideas, increasingly sanctifying personal gain and individual interests. The old mountain side of Haifa was a barometer of the old value system turning hollow. It‘s like a dried up lizard from a different geological age. Capturing it before it‘s lost forever was also one of my aims.
The dream to emigrate is a mutual dream of many in conflict ridden areas. Uri, my young protagonist, a hazy poet and thinker, is on his way to flee the country. He‘s evading military reserve service, cutting all strings behind him. His story identifies that ephemeral thing which makes us belong to a place. Contrary to Uri, who always seems to have the last retort, my second protagonist, Moshe, is a crumbling man who starts his day only to find his life flipping upside down. His story will lead him to be at a loss for words but perhaps also grant him a new hope. With their stories I‘ve examined subjects such as loyalty, betrayal and human bondage. In a way, my protagonists are an allegory of the country I live in – unable to choose a path, even though the ground keeps rolling under its feet.
Cast & Crew
Directed by : Elad Keidan
Written by : Elad Keidan
Produced by : Elie Meirovitz, Eitan Mansuri
Director of Photography : Yaron Scharf
Editor : Arik Lahav-Leibovitch
Production Design : Dina Kornveits
Costume Design : Keren Eyal-Melamed
Composer : Thierry Caroubi
Sound Design : Aviv Aldema, Vitaliy Grinshpun, Jean-Yves Rousseaux
Main Cast : Itay Tiran (Uri), Uri Klauzner (Moshe)
Nominations and Awards
- EFA Feature Film Selection 2015