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EYES WIDE OPEN

by Haim Tabakman

synopsis

Aaron (38), a respectable butcher in Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox community, is married to Rivka (28) and a dedicated father to four children. After his father's death, Aaron is looking for assistance in his business when a handsome and homeless Yeshiva (religious school) student, Ezri (19), comes upon the butcher shop by chance. Aaron decides to be Ezri's patron: he hires him, teaches him the craft of slaughtering, and houses Ezri in the shop's back room. Aaron invites Ezri to meals in his home and introduces him to the community. When they go together to a remote "Mikve" (a sacred ritual bath), an intimate moment occurs between them. From this moment onwards, Aaron knows no peace. Spending more and more time with Ezri, Aaron starts neglecting his family and community life until he is completely swept away in a whirlpool of love and lust for Ezri.

international title: Eyes Wide Open
original title: Einaym Pkuhot
country: Israel, France, Germany
sales agent: Playtime
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Haim Tabakman
film run: 91'
release date: FR 02/09/2009, BE 04/11/2009, NL 04/03/2010, DE 20/05/2010, PL 02/07/2010, NO 01/10/2010
screenplay: Merav Doster
cast: Zohar Shtrauss, Ran Danker, Tinkerbell, Tzahi Grad, Isaac Sharry, Avi Grainik, Eva Zrihen-Attali
cinematography by: Axel Schneppat
film editing: Dov Stoyer
art director: Avi Fahima
costumes designer: Yam Brusilovsky
music: Nathaniel Méchaly
producer: Rafael Katz, David C. Barrot, Isabelle Attal, Martin Eckelt
production: Totally Prod., Pimpa Productions (IL)
distributor: Haut et Court, Against Gravity
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