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The Cousin (2016)

Film Length:90 minutes
Status:Film Archive
I.F.F. fund:₪458,000

Naftali (45) lives with his wife and two children in a village in the center of Israel. For a long time he has been dreaming to renovate his studio, and now it's happening! Early in the morning he sets out to collect Said, a Palestinian worker, highly recommended by his gardener. Said is both relatively inexpensive and can do a very wide range of work (electricity, flooring, painting, plumbing...), which makes him a winning combination!!! Furthermore, this makes it possible for Naftali's honest left-wing conscience to be stroked with pleasure.
Early in the morning, under the interchange on an intercity road, several workers lunge at Naftali's car, one of them even enters his car physically, calling himself "Said". Naftali succeeds in pushing the interloper out and connecting to the real Said, but as they set out it appears that this is actually Fahed (26)!, Said's brother. Since Fahed makes a good impression, works a lot with Said and testifies that he is just as good as him, Naftali goes along with the change.
Naftali's plans for renovate the studio are interrupted by reality. It turns out that a local girl got assaulted at the same place where Naftali and Fahed went to buy some materials for the repair. The locals at the village immediately suspect Fahed, and Naftali is the only one that can backup Fahed, the renovation and the his honest left-wing conscience.
"The Cousin" is a frightening story but it is also full of humor, taking place in a very Israeli and authentic microcosms. The dispute of our region has never been shown this way before, and at the same time it is a very real angle, that can be understood by everyone, in every place.

ProducerTzachi Grad
DirectorTzachi Grad
Script WriterTzachi Grad
Original BookTzachi Grad
Associate ProducerEhud Bleiberg
Line Producerbarak kessler
Producer in Chargearik alon
Executive ProducerNicholas Donnermeyer
 Charles Wachsberg
InvestorEhud Bleiberg
1st Assistant Directorasi cohen
Director of PhotographyEוtan Hatuka
Casting DirectorGalit Eshkol
Production DesignerMiguel Merkin
Costume DesignerDanny Bar Shai
 Naim K.Qasim
Make up Artistadi milbawer
Sound Maneran ben
 ran tsrouya
 Tully Chen
Music ScoreSapir Matityahu
Script EditorSari Turgeman
Continuityshira gabay
Production Managerarik alon
Gafferronny shamay
1st Assistant CameraOmri Barzilay
LoadersLior Etrogi
 Kate Van Brocklin
Production CoordinatorDaniel Amar
Set DresserBashar Hasuneh
Property MasterBashar Hasuneh
Art Asst.amir yehezkel
Make UpOr Brown
 galit kohavi
 moran shmuel
LightingCesar Birger
 Moshe Shabat
 Omer Ajami
Stills PhotographerShahaf Haber
Boom OperatorSami Maarav
Editional Editing
 Danny Rafic
Stunt CoordinatorEldad Fatoori
Special EffectsShahar Dabush
Sound EngineerAlex Claude
Lead SongSari Bisharat
 Anan Qseem
Post Produvtion Superviso
Color GraidingRon Ben Meir
Personal Ass. to Producerido shazar
Personal Ass. to DirectorAuria Sapir
DOP - 2nd UnitGur Bentwich
2nd Assistant CameraGuy Vaserman
 Naor Leib
 Idan Atar
Steady Cam, DroneGilad Porat
 Lior Etrogi
 Kate Van Brocklin
Water girlKate Van Brocklin

Leading Actor / ActressTzachi Grad as Naftaly
 Ala Dakka as Fahed
 Yaron Motolla as Boaz
 Osnat Fishman as Yahel
Supporting Actor /ActressUri Hochman as Haim
 Eli Menashe as Dudu
 Ben Grad Cohen as Tomer
 Yoav Hait as Yuval, The Security Guy
 Yoni Lahav as Oded (Paritzki's Brother)
 Yossi Eini as The Cop
 Shimon Mimran as Shmueli, Naftaly's Neighbor
Guest AppearanceLior Louie Ashkenazi as Policeman A
 Yossi Marshak as Policeman B
 Miki Varshviak as Paritzki's Gossiper Neighbor