Dir. Asaf Korman (90min, Israel, 2014)
Hebrew with English Subtitles
Chelli is raising her mentally disabled sister Gabby all by herself. When the social worker discovers she leaves her sister alone in the house while at work, Chelli is forced to place her in a day-care center and the void left by her sister’s absence makes room for a man in her life.
That man tears another hole in the sisters’ symbiotic relationship, and the three are slowly drawn into a strange triangle, where boundaries between love, sacrifice, nurturing, and torturing are broken. With mesmerizing performances from two female leads: Dana Ivgy (Broken Wings, Zero Motivation) and Liron Ben-Shlush.
He is currently one of Israel’s most sought-after film editors and has worked on such films as Big Bad Wolves (dir. Navot Paposhado, Aharon Keshales) and Jaffa (dir. Keren Yedaya), the later of which competed at Cannes in 2009, as well as The Slut (dir. Hagar Ben Asher, 2011) and God’s Neighbors (dir. Meni Yaesh, 2012), both screened during Critics’ Week at the Cannes IFF.
His feature debut Next to Her was also shown at Cannes this year, this time as part of Directors’ Fortnight.