The daily routine of the 18 year-old Or is an endless succession of petty jobs : washing dishes in a restaurant, cleaning staircases and collecting deposit bottles while attending high school whenever she can. Ruthie’s health is worsening. After an umpteenth visit to her mother at the hospital, Or decides that this time, things must change for good.
Cast & Crew
Cast: Dana Ivgi, Ronit Elkabetz | Producers: Marek Rozenbaum’ Itai Tamir’ Emmanuel Agneray’ Jerome Bleitrach| Script: Keren Yedaya and Sari Ezouz | Cinematography: Oded Ashkenazi | Film Editing: Sari Ezouz | Original Music: Cecile Chagnaud | Funds & Broadcasters: The Steve Tisch Foundation for First Features, The Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts, Hapais Council for the Culture and Arts
about Keren Yedaya's cinema
Keren Yedaya’s cinema is the cinema of rebellion. Her films are adept at looking the intolerable in the eye. Her camera observes, seeking the prospect of crying out and finding refuge in uncommon, often unusual places in the human experience. In both her short films and features Yedaya introduces us to the exposed nerve that is the margins of Israeli society with a dependable hand.
A daughter attempting to save her mother who is a prostitute, a tragic love story between a Jewish woman and a Muslim man in Jaffa on the backdrop of the families’ work relations, or a father and daughter in an intimate relationship, in one home, detached from the world. Yedaya creates all these cinematic worlds that exist behind our doorstep in constant, insistent and piercing search of a cinematic language that can express and depict the extreme, unusual and often distorted worlds – with a rattling, moving master hand that is etched in us over time.
Keren Yedaya has been making films since 1994, the year in which she directed her first short film “Elinor”. She subsequently directed additional short films: “Lulu” (1999) and “Les Dessous” (2000). Her feature films “Or” (2004), winner of the Caméra d’Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, “Jaffa” (2009) and “That Lovely Girl” (2014) were screened at the Cannes Festival and other major film festivals worldwide. Yedaya is one of the most prominent and influential directors in contemporary Israeli cinema and her endeavors in the film and social arenas open a window and opportunity to other women directors to create their own cinematic and feminine worlds.
Masterclass with Keren Yedaya Tuesday / 4.6 / 20:30 / Gazit Theater
Tuesday / 4.6 / 18:30 / Cinematheque 1