Off White Lies

by Maya Kenig


After years of living apart from her dad, Libby, an introverted yet sharp-witted teenager is sent to live with him in Israel.
Her arrival coincides with the outbreak of the second Lebanon war.
Libby quickly discovers that her Dad, Shaul, is an infantile eccentric, and that he is “in-between apartments” (in other words: homeless). Shaul comes up with a creative plan to put a roof over their heads- they pose as refugees from the bombarded northern region of Israel, and are taken in by a well-off family in Jerusalem.
Finally in a “normal” household, Shaul and Libby begin to build their father- daughter relationship, but their false identities cannot last forever, especially as Libby unleashes teenage fury at the lies permeating her life; those she must tell now, and those she’s been fed since childhood.


Israel  2011  86mn  1.85:1  Stereo Lt Rt  Hebrew  1st Feature Film

Original title

Orchim LeRega

Written by

Maya Kenig & Dana Dimant

Produced by

Aurit Zamir & Yoav Roeh

Co-produced by

Janja Kralj


Gur Bentwich, Elya Inbar, Tzahi Grad, Arad Yeni, Salit Achi-Miriam, Shimon Mimran, Sigal Arad Inbar



Udi Berner

Festivals and Awards

  • Berlinale’s Official Selection – Generation
  • Zlin FF Czech Republic – Miloš Macourek Award
  • Seret UK FF – World Cinema
  • Yerevan IFF Golden Apricot – Official Selection
  • Jerusalem IFF – Best Actor – Gur Bentwich
  • Filmforum Zadar FF – World Cinema
  • Saint-Petersburg IFF – Competition
  • Sao Paolo IFF – International Perspective
  • Moscow Israeli FF
  • Busan IFF – Flash Forward Selection
  • Melbourne and Sydney Jewish FF
  • UK Jewish FF
  • Gijon IFF – Enfants Terribles selection
  • Talinn Black Nights FF – Just Film
  • Barbican Film Center
  • JCC London FF – World Cinema
  • Israeli FF – China
  • Israeli FF – Athens
  • Israeli FF – Hungary
  • Bratislava FF – World Cinema
  • Israeli FF – Belarus
  • Asian Pacific Screen Award – Best Children’s film
  • Palm Springs IFF – New Voices / New Visions
  • Kiev Molodist FF – Israeli Week – Ukraine

Variety's Quote

“Pic reps a solid inclusion in Berlin’s Generation section after a fine fest run in Jerusalem, Busan and Palm Springs, and will score a host of buyers ».

Robert Koehler VARIETY

International release dates

  • In Israel: May 2012
  • In the US: November 2012
  • In Russia: March 2013
  • In France : June 10th, 2013