Tel Aviv Stories (1992)

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1h 48min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Three stories about three women: one is trying to find the right guy; one is trying to get a divorce from her runaway husband so she takes hostages; one turns Tel Aviv upside down in order to save a kitten trapped in a storm drain.

1973. The country is quiet, it is Yom Kippur. When the war breaks out, Weinraub and his friend Ruso race out to the Golan Heights to join their unit. Chaos reigns everywhere. They cannot find their unit, so decide to join an Air Force emergency first-aid unit. A few days later, a missile shoots down their helicopter over the Golan Heights.

"Throughout the film, the viewer remains locked in this absurd question: are we in the war or is that happening somewhere else, off-screen, or was it happening just before the camera got there? We never know for certain and then we realise that this uncertainty is in fact the most profound truth of war, as cinema has hardly ever shown it, with a force and an intensity that takes your breath away. (...) The principle for filming warfare in Kippur is simple, limpid. Favouring real time spaces, (...) making the camera an extra person walking with the soldiers, running behind the others to get on the helicopter before it takes off. The viewer is inside the war while remaining outside the group, accompanying them. Never does the film encourage in the viewer that fantasy of being one of them." Charles Tesson, Cahiers du cinéma, n°549, September 2000

Cast Yaël Abecassis, Sharon Alexander, Doron Avrahami, Modi Bar-On, Rozina Cambos, Rachel Dayan, Sa'ar Fine, Sasson Gabai, Uri Gavriel, Eyal Geffen, Ruthi Goldberg, Dror Keren, Michal Matityahu, Noam Meiri, Juliano Mer-Khamis, Amnon Moskin, Nuli Omer, Shula Revach, Shahar Segal, Talia Shapira, Gisele Silver, Shlomo Tarshish, Idit Teperson, Doron Tsabari, Anat Waxman, Anat Zahor, Amnon Zlayet

Director Ayelet Menahemi, Nirit Yaron

Screenplay Ayelet Menahemi, Nirit Yaron, Shemi Zarhin

Cinematography Jorge Gurvich, Amnon Zlayet

Production design Ariel Glazer

Editing Ayelet Menahemi 

Music Ari Frankel, Shlomo Gronich

Sound Eli Yarkoni

Camera and Electrical Department Efi Ajami, Shimon Belfer, Mikey Inbari, Avraham Leibman, Galy Reshef, Noam Teich, Joseph Tzirin

Costumes Shira Breuer

Makeup Department Mira Tal

Casting Levana Hakim

Founder & development Shuki Friedman

Producer(s)  Shuki Friedman, Ehud Bleiberg, Yitzhak Ginsberg,, 

Awards

Winner: 

Best Actress -Anat Waxman

Best Editing - Best Editing

Best Costume Design - Shira Breuer

Best Art Direction - Eva Gronowitz, Ariel Glazer

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