“THE BEST SHORTS COLLECTION 2014–2016— A SAMPLING

 

The Best Shorts Collection (Israel)

  A Sampling

Anna

 

   *    First Prize: Cinéfondation, Cannes Film Festival,2016   

   *    Ophir Award for Best Short Film: the Israeli 

         Academy of Film and Television 2016

 

On a hot summer day Anna, a sewing workshop worker, finds herself unexpectedly alone without her son. She goes out roaming the streets of her small desert town, looking for a man who can touch her, even for just one brief moment.

 

The Mute’s House

 

   *    Oscar Documentary Shortlist 2016 

   *    Best Short Documentary: Jerusalem Film Festival,                  2016

 

A building in Hebron, which was deserted by its Palestinian owners, is called “The Mute’s House” by 

the Israeli soldiers stationed there and by the tour guides who pass by. The building’s only occupants 

are a deaf woman, Sahar, and her eight-year-old 

son, Yousef. The family’s unique story, which unfolds against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is told through the eyes of the young and charismatic Yousef, as he goes through his daily routine in both 

the Jewish and Muslim areas of a city torn apart by hatred and violence.

 

 

Mushkie

 

  *    Promising Director Award

       Tel-Aviv International Student Film Festival, 2016             

*    Best Student Film by Student Jury Award:                  VGIK International Student Festival, Moscow, 2016

 

Mushkie and Sari are roommates – new immigrants 

to Israel, religious, and best friends. When Mushkie experiences an embarrassing medical problem she must open up to Sari about the double life she has been leading, which tests the limits of their friendship.

 

The Principle of Grace

 

  *   Best Student Film: Haifa International Film Festival, 2015

  *   Best of Fest Award: NYC Shorts, New York, 2016

 

Rita, a nurse for the Social Welfare Department, is accompanied by Mali, a student, as she makes her 

house calls. Rita explains to Mali that it is important to be tough and unsentimental with each client, no matter how heartrending their situation may be. But at the end of the day, in an act of uncharacteristic kindness, Rita decides to revisit one of her patients.

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