Avigail is the perfect mother, wife to Rashi, and nurse. She sacrifices herself for everyone, but deep inside she feels alienated and directs her anger against herself. Yael is a wounded daughter, abandoned by her parents, she wants to be the mother of all orphans, neglecting the one who most needs her love, her sister Naama. Abused by her step-father, Naama is now mothering her aging abuser by day and degrading herself as a sex worker by night. Yet there is hope through connections. Naama follows the writing of Alice and feels a bond with her. Avigail and Yael become close. These women can help each other to change, break the cage of their self-destruction and be reborn.
Israel / Germany – 2019- 4K – post-production – 2.4 – 5.1 – Hebrew
written & directed by
Saar Yogev & Naomi Levari (Black Sheep Film Productions)
Michael Reuter (The Post Republic),
With the support of Israel Film Fund, Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, Mifal Hapais, ZDF/Das Kleine Fernesehspiel and Arte
Stav Almagor (Avigail), Yael (Ori Shani), Na’ama (Lea Tonic)
Cinematographers Nizan Lotem, Shai Skiff
Sound Recordist Nir Alon
Sound Designer and Mix Aviv Aldema
Line Producer Alona Refua
Art direction Yoav Sinai
Born in 1973, Yaron Shani is a graduate of Tel Aviv University Film Department.
He co-directed AJAMI (2009- 1st feature length) together with Scandar Copti acclaimed internationally. Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Film, Caméra d’Or – Special Mention, 5 Israeli Academy awards, Golden Alexander at Thessaloniki IFF, Sutherland Trophy at London IFF and Best Feature Film at Jerusalem IFF.
LIFE SENTENCES (2013) co-directed with Nurit Kedar won the Award for Best Documentary at the Jerusalem IFF.