2011/31mins /Israel/Directed by Lee Gilat

Saturday, March 3

2 PM  

Shorts 1 Program

In a small house on the outskirts of a large city, Meiro and Mali Mugrabi live with their three children: Tami, Racheli, and little Shalom, a nine year old autistic boy who can only say the word “Shalom”. While Mali reconciles with her fate and the mystery of a boy like Shalom, his father Meiro sees his son as a grave personal failure and knows no solace.  Meiro sees a bitter enemy in Shalom – the boy who has stolen his beloved wife from him. The family’s fragile balance is upset when Mali takes a night job and Shalom is left alone with his father.

Before entering the field of filmmaking, director Lee Gilat  studied Theatre Directing at Westminster University, London, UK. She directed, “Driver, Painter” at The New End Theatre – London, starring UK Theatre award winning actress Paola Dionisotti and actor Richard Hawley. The play premiered in the summer of 2006 and received excellent reviews and enthusiastic attendance from the audience. Upon her return to Israel. Lee directed many theatre shows in various Israeli theatres, one of them (The Timekeepers) has been traveling the world for 6 years now.  Lee also edited the screenplay for Josef Cedar’s latest film, “Footnote”, which won the Best Screenplay Award at Cannes International Film Festival 2011 and is currently competing for the 2012 American Academy Award in the Section “Foreign Language Film”. Lee is a very busy screenplay writer in Israel, writing for a lot of Israeli TV drama and comedy.

Produced by Keren Michael, producer or Ha’Meshotet (The Wanderer), Festivals: Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Cannes Official Selection 2010; Bright Future, Rotterdam 2011.  Mouth Agape Production is an independent production house that focuses on social-cultural projects that capture the essence of Israeli existence, yet still can break through to the international film market. The company’s first feature film “The Wanderer” (Ha’Meshotet), premiered at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes (2010), and screened in Bright Future at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2011).