Devarim (1995)

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1h 50min | Drama 

Friendship, family, love, and memories may not help three men find peace or freedom.

In Tel Aviv, people prepare food, eat, make love, get pregnant, and die. Can one find peace in this life, asks one character at a wake; can there be an act of freedom in this modern life, asks another. Goldman's much-despised father has died; his friends Caesar and Israel set off for the funeral. They miss it, but go to Goldman's house later. Caesar has women troubles: his son from a previous marriage is ill; he's promised marriage to two women of opposite temperament. Israel has a girlfriend toward whom he's hot and cold. Goldman's mother is living in the past. Friendship, family, love, and memories may not in the end help characters find peace or freedom.

Cast Assi Dayan, Amos Shub, Amos Gitai, Lea König, Michal Zoharetz, Samuel Calderon, Riki Gal, Menahem Golan, David Cohen, Azaria Rapoport

Director Amos Gitai

Screenplay Amos Gitai with the collaboration of Gilad Evron, Madi Levy, after Yakov Shabtai

Cinematography Renato Berta

Production design Thierry François

Editing Zohar M. Sela 

Music Uri Ofir

Sound Yohai Moshe

Colorist Pasquale Cuzzupoli

Costumes Laura Dinolesko

Makeup Department Michal Eshet

Casting Ilan Moscovitch

Executive producer(s) Laurent Truchot, Shuki Friedman

Producer(s) Amos Gitai, Shuki Friedman

Associate Producer(s) Tilde Corsi, Gianni Romoli

Festivals & Awards

1994, Nantes : Festival des 3 continents - Best Director

1995, Venice : Biennale di Venezia / Mostra d'arte cinematografica 1995
1995, London : London Film Festival

1995, Jerusalem : Jerusalem Film Festival 1995

1996, Edinburgh : Edinburgh International Film Festival

1996, India

1996, Cleveland International Film Festival, USA

1996, Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival

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