ZION & HIS BROTHER
In a dusty neighborhood of the Israeli city Haifa, Ilana struggles against poverty every day to bring up her children, fourteen-year-old Zion and his older brother Meir, who takes care of him. One day Zion loses his shoes, only to later find them on the feet of Salomon, an Ethiopian schoolmate. Zion is unable to confront the boy and asks Meir for help, but during the fight Meir loses control. The outcome becomes an unbearable secret for Zion, who is forced to choose between solidarity with his brother and responsibility for what happened.
“I see it as simple film, a film that can be understood anywhere. It has no specific place or language. It could take place in any country of the world. Nevertheless, it draws it relevance from its local Israeli color. I looked for a story that could take place in the social climate that is my world – an alienated immigrant society, with despair and economic frailty. A place where life is cheap on the background of an unending war of attrition and the character of the country changes every few decades”.
ZION & HIS BROTHER
Eran Merav (Haifa, Israel, 1975) in 2002 graduated at the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School of Jerusalem. His graduate film, Underdog, was shown in numerous festivals and won in 2002 First Prize at the Lódz International Film Festival and the prize for the Best Short Film at the Jerusalem Film Festival. In 2003 he obtained a Special Mention at the Berlin Film Festival (Panorama). Zion & His Brother is his first feature film.
Underdog (cm, 2002), Zion Ve’achiv (Zion & His Brother, 2009).
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Ronit Elkabetz (Ilana), Tzachi Grad (Eli), Reuven Badalov (Zion), Ofer Hayun (Meir), Liya Leyn (Michelle)
Assaf Amir, Yoav Roeh
MK2, Norma Productions
Marin Karmitz, Nathanaël Karmitz, Charles Gillibert
vendita all’estero/world sales