People Who Are Not Me to represent Israel at Locarno
by Andrea Chung
- Hadas ben Aroya’s feature debut stands out as the only Israeli production being screened at the Swiss festival
At the 2016 Locarno Film Festival, one Israeli film, People Who Are Not Me (Anashim shehem lo ani), will be screened as part of the Signs of Life sidebar and will compete for the Swatch First Feature Awards. This section of the festival selects films that use new forms of narration and innovative cinematography, and both new and veteran directors’ works are being presented. People Who Are Not Me is director Hadas ben Aroya’s first feature, and it tells the story of a young woman’s hopeless search for love in Tel Aviv, where many men are emotionally unavailable.
A graduate from Tel Aviv University’s Department of Film and Television, the filmmaker directed and wrote the film as her final project of the degree, and also plays the lead role. Alongside her stars Yonatan Bar-Or, who played the lead role in Someone to Run with (Mishe Larutz Ito), a 2006 Israeli drama-thriller directed by Oded Davidoff, which received 12 nominations at that year’s Israeli Film Academy Awards.