Country: Israel
Year: 2020
Duration: 14'

Keren is a social worker in the welfare department in Haifa. The corridor is packed with struggling mothers, abused woman and children at risk and everyone is suffering. But today it’s Keren’s 40th birthday and she is the one who needs comforting. The man she loves doesn’t call her, and everything is falling apart.


film director

Anat Schwartz

(Haifa, Israele, 1978) graduated with honors from The Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem and La Femis (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Métiers de l’Image et du Son) in Paris. She received her BA cum laude in Philosophy and Literature from the Tel Aviv University. In 2018 began studying for an MFA degree at the Tisch Film School in Tel Aviv University. La Promise (2017), her 3 episodes documentary series, which she directed, cinematograph and co-produce, was screen at Doc-Aviv Film Festival and was screened on the YesDocu channel and received both critical and audience acclaim. 39 is her first short fiction film.


La Promise (doc, serie tv, 2017), 39 (cm, 2020).


film director

“For the past six years, I have directed a documentary serie, La Promise (2017). In an observational style, severe realism, almost without interviews. I directed my characters like non-actors with the materials from their lives, with their baggage and dramas. This observation style, and the concept of real time in film, was a great infCuence on me in directing 39. Each scene is filmed in one Shot, hand held camera from the perspective of Keren, closed frames that give the feeling that what Keren does not see, remains outside the frame and only sounds get in and surprises her and us.”


& Credits

DIRECTOR, SCREENPLAY: Anat Schwartz. CINEMATOGRAPHC: David Rudoy. FILM EDITING: Neta Braun. SOUND: Rotem Dror. SET DESIGN: Raz Yanovsky. CAST: Maya Gasner, Lucy Dubinchik, Tal Brener, Alma Dubinchik. PRODUCERS: Dan Sella, Anat Schwartz.

CONTACTS: Anat Schwartz