Drama, 92 min, Israel
V.O. Hebrew, French S.T.
Eitan Anner - Director and Writer
of the film A Quiet Heart
In present day Jerusalem, a city increasingly dominated by religious fanaticism, Naomi, a secular young woman seeks refuge from the pressure of her life as a concert pianist. Overwhelmed by the expectations of her parents and her colleagues in Tel Aviv, Naomi seeks anonymity and solitude in the ancient city. Despite her intentions to stay alone, however, Naomi quickly makes two unexpected connections- one with a musically gifted Ultra-Orthodox young boy who lives in her building and the other, with Fabrizio, a charismatic Italian monk and organist. While these relationships allow Naomi to reconnect with her love of music and sense of meaning, they also make her a target in her new community. Faced with escalating isolation and violence, Naomi must learn to use music as a bridge to overcome towering religious barriers.
Grand Prix and Best Actress – Tallin Black Nights Film Festival 2016
Best Script – Haifa International Film festival 2016
“…for its urgency and originality in addressing the complexities and tensions of contemporary Jerusalem.”
“An inspiring journey towards hope and courage”
“A Quiet Heart is a tense, slow-burn drama that builds into a gripping suspense thriller.”
“…stands out as a crafted, thoughtful and quietly gripping snapshot of internal social conflicts rarely examined in Israeli cinema.” (The Hollywood Reporter)