Alila (2003)

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2h 3min | Comedy, Drama

Slice-of-life look at the lives of twelve people who live or work in the same apartment complex in Tel Aviv.

Up to now, old Schwartz led a peaceful existence, surrounded by Linda, a young Philippine woman who takes care of him, his neighbour Aviram who never goes out without his dog, and Mali, whose love affair with Ilan, on the other side of the courtyard, did not bother him much. But lately everything seems out of order.

 

Every day, the building echoes with screaming and yelling. Is it because of Hezi, who has secretly rented an apartment to make love with his mistress Gabi, whose shrieks of pleasure bring all the neighbours out? Or is it because of the new neighbours who extend their apartment, unauthorised,

 

by drawing on the courtyard? Even Mali is in trouble: the building contractor in charge of the work camps in front of her home with his Chinese workmen. He happens to be her ex-husband. On top of everything, their son Eyal has deserted... A chronicle of everyday life in a building situated on the border between Tel Aviv and Jaffa..

Cast Yaël Abecassis, Uri Klauzner, Hanna Laslo, Ronit Elkabetz, Amos Lavie, Lupo Berkowitch, Liron Levo

Director Amos Gitai

Screenplay Amos Gitai, Marie-José Sanselme, after Yehoshua Kenaz ("Returning Lost Loves")

Cinematography Renato Berta

Production design Miguel Markin

Editing Kobi Netanel, Monica Coleman

Sound Daniel Ollivier, Alex Claude, Gérard Lamps

Costumes Laura Dinolesko

Casting Ilan Moscovitch

Executive producer(s) Shuki Friedman

Producer(s) Amos Gitai, Michael Tapuach, Laurent Truchot, Michel Propper

Production Agav Films, Agav Hafakot (Israel), Hamon Hafakot (Israel), M.P. Productions, ICP (Israel), Arte France Cinéma

Festivals

Venice : Biennale di Venezia / Mostra d'arte cinematografica 2003
Valladolid : Semana Internacional de Cine 2003

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