Three films that received the production support of the Israel Film Fund will screen at the Toronto International film Festival. All three films deal with aspects of parenthood, father and son relationships and raise questions regarding choices, opportunities and fate.
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Foxtrot directed by Samuel Maoz selected for the Special presentation programme.
The film tells the tragic story of father and son. While the father is in his apartment in Tel Aviv, his son, a soldier, is serving far away in a muddy isolated outpost.
In the first part of the film, the parents are notified that their son was killed in action. A few hours later, the military authorities notify them again, this time that they made a terrible mistake and their son is alive.
In the other half of the film our point of view changes. We focus on the son, stuck in the muddy outpost and busy with military activity, routine and nightmarish. A series of odd events, coupled with group paranoia, reduces the son to fatal acts.
Later we learn of the father's sins. The seemingly chaotic randomness becomes a sophisticated, well-arranged plan of fate getting even.
Can we direct our fate, and if so, to what extent? At what price?
Starring: Lior Ashkenazi, Sara Adler, Yonatan Shiray
Produced by: Eitan Mansuri of Spiro Films (Israel) and Michael Weber, Viola Fügen, Cedomir Kolar, Marc Baschet, Michel Merkt
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Longing directed by Savi Gabizon selected for the Contemporary World Cinema programme.
Ariel, a well-off, childless man, gets a phone call from his college girlfriend. When they meet he finds out two things: Firstly, that when they broke up twenty years ago, she was pregnant and went on to have a lovely boy. The second thing will change his life forever. Ariel sets on a journey to get to know the boy. This journey creates laboratory-like conditions to explore the hidden aspects of parenthood beyond giving and responsibility. Most of all, this is a very sad comedy.
This is a story about parenthood, about the will to be a parent and the afflictions that come with it, the obsession, the place where parenthood for the sake of the child ends and parenthood for its own sake begins. It's about identifying with your child, about fears and respect.
Starring: Shai Avivi, Assi Levi, Neta Riskin, shimon Mimran, Yoram Toledano
Produced by: Chilik Michaeli, Avraham Pirchi, Tami Leon of UCM productions
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Winner of the Anat Pirchi Best Script award and the Audience choice award at the 2017 Jerusalem Film Festival.
Scaffolding directed by Matan Yair selected for the Discovery programme.
17-Year-Old Asher seeks a way out of his harsh reality. He has been a troublemaker through grade school, junior high and high school; while his oppressive father sees him as a natural successor to the family's scaffolding business, Asher finds a different masculine role model in Rami, his literature teacher. Feeling he can't take the humiliation his father puts him through anymore, Asher looks up for a change, a new life, a new identity. When Rami suddenly commits suicide, Asher's life goes into a dangerous spin. He wages a losing war, trying to fight for Rami’s honor, and crosses lines from which there is no turning back.
With: Asher Lax, Jacob Cohen, Ami Smolartchik
Produced by Gal Greenspan, Roi Kurland, Stanisław Dziedzic, Moshe Edery, and Leon Edery.
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This is Matan Yair's debut film. Scaffolding premiered at the Cannes film festival where it was screened in the ACID section.
Winner of the Haggiag award for Best Israeli Feature Film, the Haggiag award for Best Actor received by lead actor Asher Lax and an honorable mention for Cinematography which went to Bartosz Bieniek at the 2017 Jerusalem Film Festival.