Off White Lies

by Maya Kenig

Synopsis

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 a 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.

Specifications

Israel – 2011 – 86 min – HD – Color – 1:1.85 – stereo Lt Rt – Hebrew

Original title

Orchim LeRega

Written by

Maya Kenig & Dana Dimant

Produced by

Aurit Zamir & Yoav Roeh

Co-produced by

Janja Kralj

Featuring

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

 

Music

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