Tikkun to screen in Sarajevo
- Featured in the Kinoscope section, the film by Avishai Sivan leads the Israeli contingent in the Bosnian gathering
Tikkun, by writer, director, visual artist and author Avishai Sivan, will screen in the Sarajevo Film Festival, which takes place from 15 to 22 August in the Bosnian capital. After vying for the Golden Leopard in the international competition section at the 68th Locarno Film Festival (read more), the film will be shown in the gathering's Kinoscope section. The film tells the story of Haim-Aaron, a bright, ultra-orthodox religious scholar living in Jerusalem. His talents and devotion are envied by all. One evening, following a self-imposed fast, Haim-Aaron collapses and loses consciousness. The paramedics announce his death, but his father takes over resuscitation efforts and, beyond all expectations, Haim-Aaron comes back to life. After the accident, try as he might, Haim-Aaron remains apathetic to his studies. He feels overwhelmed by a sudden awakening of his body and suspects this is God testing him. He wonders if he should stray from the prescribed path and find a way to rekindle his faith... The film, starring Aharon Traitel and shot in black and white, is produced by Plan B Productions, The Mouth Agape and United King Films.
Alongside Tikkun, Israel will be represented by a short film selected in the EFA Nominees Tour 2014 - Shorts section. Daily Bread, by Idan Hubel - a filmmaker whose first feature film, The Cut Off Man, was premiered in Venice 2012's Orizzonti - tells the story of Jonathan, a kid that loves chocolate. One day he steals the last remaining chocolate in the jar. When his stepmother catches him and his brothers ostracize him, he decides to run away. Night falls and the cold and the hunger beckon him to return home. But a glimmer of light in the darkness draws him nearer...