Tuesday, May 8 2018 - 7PM

Eliran Elya (2017)  
Drama, 88 min, Israel
V.O. Hebrew, English S.T.

Sponsored by
La Fédération Sépharade du Canada

Followed by a testimonial led by
Joelle Assouad & Nicolas Toutoungi
supported by Albert Saraga, psychosocial worker

Assi, a screenwriter and poet, is stuck in his personal life. He is full of doubt, disturbing thoughts, and existential restlessness. He is sentenced to community service due to a drunken-driving motorcycle accident in which he was involved. For his community service, he is sent to work with juvenile delinquents in Beersheba – the desert city in southern Israel – who are under house arrest and must attend sessions with Assi in the neighborhood shelter as a condition for their parole. Their extreme personalities, their riotous energy, and their charm awaken in him curiosity and attraction; together, they break through the boundaries of the rehabilitative framework.

Best First Film Award, Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2017
Best Cinematography Award, Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2017
Commendation for Young Actor (Adar Hazazi), Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2017

Eliran Elya’s first feature film, awarded in Jerusalem, takes an honest and mature look at two lost souls travelling down a pre-destined path
Cineuropa – Orr Sigoli

Eliran Elya’s debut feature is an extraordinary emotional journey
Cineuropa – Orr Sigoli

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