Festivals & Awards

Festival de Cannes 2007 - Camera d'Or Winner, Prix SACD, Prix of the Young Critics - Critics' Week
Bratislava International Film Festival - Prize of the Ecumenical Jury & Special Mention
Pusan Film Festival - Official Selection
San Sebastian Film Festival - Official Selection
Toronto Film Festival- Official Selection
Awards of the Israeli Film Academy - Nominated for 10 Prizes


Tel Aviv. Today. A portrait of a messy world in which all the characters scrape by as best they can, looking for love, for something to remember or to forget...

Drama, 85 min
35 mm
Languages Hebrew
Subtitles English

World sales: Pyramide international- www.pyramidefilms.com


Batia - Sarah Adler
Malka - Zharira Charifai
Keren - Noa Knoller
Joy - Ma-nenita De Latorre
Michael - Gera Sandler
Girl - Nikol Laidman


Directed by - Etgar Keret & Shira Geffen
Produced by - Amir Harel, Ayelet Kait, Yael Fogiel, Leticia Gonzales
Written by - Shira Geffen

In participation with Lama Films, Les Films du Poisson, The Israel Film Fund, Keshet, Hot, Pyramide international, ARTE Cinema, CANAL+, TPS

Cinematography - Antoine Héberlé
Editing - François Gédigier, Sasha Franklin
Sound designers - Gil Toren, Oliver Dô Hùu, Aviv Aldema
Original music - Christopher Bowen
Art Designer - Avi Fahima
Costume Designer - Li Alembik
Casting Director - Esther Kling


The film tells the story of three women living in Tel Aviv. Batia is a young woman who makes a living as a waitress for a wedding catering service. On the day her boyfriend leaves her, she finds a five year-old girl, emerging from the sea. The girl cannot speak, and having no other choice, Batia takes her into her life. As time goes by, Batia begins to suspect that there is a mysterious connection between the girl and a repressed, unresolved trauma from her childhood.

During Keren's wedding, she gets locked in the restroom. After Crying long minutes for help, she manages to jump over the stall restrooms door and breaks her leg. The young couple decides to have a honey moon after all, not in Hawaii, but in a small hotel in Tel-Aviv and from that moment on, the relationship between them takes a turn for the worse. Joy is a Philippine caregiver who takes care of Keren's aunt. Once the aunt passes away, Joy is being sent to look after Malka, a tough old woman recovering from heart surgery. Malka has a complex and cold relationship with her daughter Galia, and Joy, unwarily, becomes a kind of emotional mediator between them. All three stories reverberate with yearning, and the seaside of Tel Aviv is the main arena to which all the film's protagonists are drawn.