Elzober’s dream of owning a car has finally come true. After twenty years of working hard as a cook in Tel Aviv and saving his money, the metallic black Subaru Legacy is finally his. But the day after he picks it up the car is stolen, leaving poor Elzober on foot and desperate. The inhabitants of his village are not willing to take such injustice lying down and they decide to help him find his car. As they hunt down the Subaru in a warren of junkyards and scenes of daily life, everyone does their clumsy part, including Mahmoud, a former car thief.
“I have stayed in an Israeli Arab city called Tayibe. The people of Tayibe were watching me with curious eyes, because no Japanese had ever been in this city. But I found a lot of Japanese there: Japanese cars, especially Subaru. As a Japanese I felt I could tell something through Japanese cars. I decided not to mention politics and war in this film, and not even peace, which is sometimes used as a political word. I hope that seeing this film, the audience will feel that we are all the same at the end, and that happiness is a very simple thing.”
Kazuya Ogawa (Yokohama, Japan, 1977), after graduation from the Tokyo Visual Arts Technical College, in 2000 he moved to New York. He studied directing at the School of Visual Arts, working on various projects (films, documentaries, music videos, TV programs, theatre). After five years in NYC he jumped to Italy, where he worked on several video projects for local schools and city halls. In Tuscany he met and worked with Akram Telawe, a Palestinian theatre actor. In 2008 they travelled to Palestine and Israel, where the two sketched the idea for Ogawa’s first feature film, Pink Subaru.
Pink Subaru (2009).
soggetto, sceneggiatura/story, screenplay
Akram Telawe, Giuliana Mettini
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Akram Telate (Elzober), Lana Zreik (Aisha), Nidal Badarneh (Jameel), Michal Yanai (Smadar), Nozomi Kawata (Sakura), Hassan Taha (Mustafa), Salwa Nakkara (Im Subaru), Merav Sheffer (Esther), Eli Maman (Jordan), Akram Khoury (Mahmoud), Mantaro Koichi (Zen), Dan Toren (Dani)
produzione, vendita all’estero/production, world sales