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IS SU E 3 SUNDAY JULY 13 – MONDAY JULY 14, 2014 AT JERUSALEM FILM FESTIVAL Editorial +44 7889 414 856 Advertising +44 7540 100 254 Gafny plans kibbutz scares Fig Tree wins Lab prize BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW Genre specialist Eitan Gafny, director of Israeli zombie film Cannon Fodder, is gearing up to shoot a kibbutz horror picture set on the eve of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. “It’s a cross-genre film inspired by some of the biggest US horror films of the 1970s, like Halloween and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre… some people might see it as a slasher film, others as a psychological thriller,” says Gafny. The film, entitled Children Of The Fall, revolves around young US woman, Rachel, who is working as a volunteer on a kibbutz in the lead-up to the war, in which Syria and Egypt launched a surprise attack on Israel on the Jewish holy day. She is treated with suspicion by the local kibbutz members, and on the night of Yom Kippur, things take a menacing and bloody turn as Rachel has to fight for her life. Gafny is producing the film, due to shoot in September, through White Beach Productions, the company he set up with wife and actress Yafit Shalev and cinematographer Tom Goldwasser. Yoram Globus’s Globus Group Films is also attached to the project. International sales on Gafny’s debut production Cannon Fodder were picked up by New York-based Screen Media, which repackaged the film under the title Battle Of The Undead. The director will present the project at Pitch Point on Monday. Ethiopian-born, Israeli film-maker Alamork Marsha’s Fig Tree, based on her experiences as a child in war-torn Addis Ababa in 1991, has won the $50,000 top prize at the pitching event of the Sam Spiegel school’s Jerusalem International Film Lab. The second prize of $20,000 went to Montenegro director Ivan Marinovic’s The Black Pin, about a priest who finds himself at odds with the other inhabitants of his rural parish when he opposes a large property sale. Israeli directors Amikam Kovner and Assaf Snir won the third $10,000 prize for their debut feature Echoes, about a man trying to decode his relationship with his cheating wife, following her death. French distributor and producer Michele Halberstadt of ARP Selection, who presided over the jury, said: “We were deeply impressed by the high level of all the scripts and presentations, and have chosen to award the prizes to passionate director-writers with a special urgency, a unique voice, originality and artistic courage.” Nir Shaanani Sister and brother film-making team Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz greet festival founder Lia van Leer ahead of the festival’s screening of Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem. Dozens of cast and crew members attended the sell-out screening on Friday night at the Cinematheque. Talya Lavie, director of local boxoffice hit Zero Motivation, is developing comedy The Current Love Of My Life, a contemporary adaptation of a story by author Sholem Aleichem, whose work also inspired Fiddler On The Roof. Lavie unveiled the film at the final script development pitching session at Jerusalem International Film Lab on Friday. In her contemporary retelling, penniless Israeli musician Bini, David Broza NEWS Sweet music Famed musician David Broza plans his first feature film » Page 3 FEATURE The big Pitch Leading Israeli film-makers including Dina Zvi-Riklis and Nir Bergman are lining up for Pitch Point » Page 7 PROFILE Girl talk Keren Yedaya talks about her controversial incest story, That Lovely Girl » Page 9 Bergman plans Neta shoot BY ANDREAS WISEMAN Lavie finds Love in Brooklyn Talya Lavie Other members of the jury included Cannes Critics’ Week artistic director Charles Tesson, ARTE France Cinéma deputy CEO Rémi Burah, film-maker Pia Marais, Israel Film Fund executive director Katriel Schory and Manfred Schmid, executive director of German fund Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM). A total of 12 scripts were developed at the third edition of the sixmonth lab, spearheaded by Renen Schorr, founding director of the Jerusalem-based Sam Spiegel Film & Television School. TODAY who is living illegally in New York, is hired by a wealthy ultra-orthodox Jewish family in Brooklyn to teach Hebrew to their youngest son, on the eve of his marriage to a girl from an important religious family in Jerusalem. Bini falls for the girl. Also citing Woody Allen and the play Cyrano De Bergerac as other sources of inspiration, Lavie said: “I want to create an Israeli-Brooklyn comedy that brings together the Israeli and the Jewish and the secular and religious.” Producer Eitan Mansuri of Tel Aviv-based Spiro Films, who co-produced Ari Folman’s The Congress, is aiming for a mid-2015 shoot. “We’re talking to potential co-producing partners in North America, both in Canada and New York. It depends on financing but most likely we’ll end up doing exteriors in New York and interiors in Canada,” said Mansuri. Melanie Goodfellow Broken Wings and In Treatment writer-director Nir Bergman is prepping a new feature, Saving Neta, with producers United Channel Movies; and a 13-part TV series for cable channel Yes. Bergman is casting now for feature Saving Neta, about the interaction between five women of different ages and a man called Neta. Bergman and novelist Eran Bar-Gil have adapted the script from the latter’s novel, Iron. Producers for United Channel Movies — who also produced Bergman’s upcoming feature Yona — are Chilik Michaeli, Avraham Pirchi and Tami Leon. Bergman told Screen: “We began writing this feature more than six years ago. I fell in love with the book’s structure. But we started to develop our own themes. It was an adventure. “We’re telling five stories of mother-daughter relationships with the metaphor of the body running through them. “We have decided to shoot the film over one year with five stories taking place on one day in different seasons.” Bergman will be discussing the project here at the festival, where he scooped the best Israeli feature award in 2010 for Intimate Grammar. Simultaneously the writer-director is developing a 13-part TV series called Free for Israeli cable channel Yes. Bergman is co-writing the series, about the rehabilitation of ex-cons, with Israeli TV director Ram Nehari.

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