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Alila (DVD) (*)

Screened, competed or awarded at:
Venice Film Festival
Other Film Festival Awards

Language Selections:
English ( Subtitles )
French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 )
French ( Subtitles )
Hebrew ( Dolby Digital 5.1 )

Product Origin/Format:
France ( PAL/Region 2 )

Running Time:
120 min

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen (1.85:1)

Special Features:
Interactive Menu
Making Of
Scene Access

Movie filmed in 2003 and produced in:
France ( France, Benelux )
Israel ( Africa, Middle East )

Directed By:
Amos Gitai

Written By:
Amos Gitai
Yehoshua Kenaz

Yaël Abecassis ..... Gabi
Uri Klauzner ..... Ezra (as Uri Ran Klauzner)
Hana Laszlo ..... Mali
Ronit Elkabetz ..... Ronit
Amos Lavi ..... Hezi (as Amos Lavie)
Lupo Berkowitch ..... Aviram
Liron Levo ..... Ilan
Yosef Carmon ..... Schwartz
Amit Mestechkin ..... Eyal
Lyn Shiao Zamir ..... Linda
Keren Mor ..... Mali
Ilan Appel ..... Cop
Carmel Betto ..... Carmel
Eyal Elhadad ..... Doorman
Kiang Fang ..... Chinese worker
Hu Hanzhou ..... Chinese worker
Fang Heguo ..... Chinese worker
Dalit Kahan ..... Sharon
Tomer Russo ..... The officer
Meital Tzadiki ..... Cop
Kobi Zahavi ..... Kiosk owner

The Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai is an acerbic social critic who likes to point fingers and pick at warts, and 'Alila,' his acidly comic study of life in a flimsy Tel Aviv apartment complex, is a sour urban mosaic whose seedy characters, try as they might, can't get out of one another's faces. Their residence, jerry-built in a dreary working-class section of Tel Aviv, is little more than a grubby housing development baking in the heat. Among the mostly unpleasant characters are Hezi, a secretive brute, and his besotted girlfriend. Another is a ruthless local builder whose sullen cream puff of a son deserts the army and hides out in the city's red-light district. Disgustedly observing the chaos is a doddering, ill-tempered Holocaust survivor. The filmmaker's jaundiced view of humanity is matched by his eye for the ugly.

The intertwining stories of over a dozen distinct characters who inhabit an apartment complex located in a rundown neighborhood of Tel Aviv. Holocaust survivor Schwartz has enjoyed a peaceful existence living in his small apartment with Linda, a young Filipino who comes regularly to give him medication and company. But recently, Schwartz's treasured silence has been replaced by a cacophony of bangs, loud sounds and aggressive voices. One of the many obtrusive men audible to Schwartz is Hezi. He recently rented one of the nearby apartments in the building for a secret rendezvous with a beautiful and self-deprecating woman named Gabi. Their intense, unequal and often-violent love affair turns Gabi's life into a public and dissonant garble of psychological pain and physical pleasure. Also disrupting Schwartz's rest is a group of illegal Chinese construction workers who expand one of the apartments into the courtyard, without the landlord's permission. Divorcee Mali has her own problems as well. Their neighbors' construction workers have been contracted by her ex-husband Ezra, who is himself unwilling to give up his regular rapport with Mali and let her continue her life with a new young boyfriend. And to make matters worse, their son Eyal is missing after having deserted his military service.

Slice-of-life look at the lives of twelve people who live or work in the same apartment complex in Tel Aviv.
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 18 May, 2006.


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