A Film by: Sharon Maymon, Erez Tadmor
(Israel, 2009, 92 Minutes, Color, Hebrew, English subtitles, Cast: Itzik Cohen, Dvir Bandak, Alon Dahan, Shmuli Cohen, Irit Kaplan, Levana Finkelstein)
Four overweight friends from the Israeli city of Ramle, are fed up with dieting and with the diet club they frequent.
When Herzel (155 kilos) loses his job as a cook and starts working as a dishwasher in a Japanese restaurant, he discovers the world of Sumo wrestling where large people, such as himself, are honored and appreciated.
Under the influence of Kitano (60 kilos), the restaurant owner and a former Sumo coach (who is hiding from the Yakuza in Israel), Herzel falls in love with this sport involving "two fatsos in diapers and girly hairdos". Herzl wants Kitano to be their coach but Kitano is reluctant - they first have to earn their spurs.
A Matter of Size is a comedy about a ‘coming out’ of a different kind - overweight people learning to accept themselves.
AWARDS, FESTIVALS & SCREENNINGS
Tribecca Film Festival - Nominated in the “Discovery” section Karlovy Vary Film Festival – Audience Award Israeli Film Academy – Nominated for 13 Ophir awards (Israeli Oscar) - Won 3 awards:
Best supporting Actress
Best Costume Design.
Nominated for: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Best Sound, Best Art Direction. Jerusalem Film Festival – opening film Traverse City Film Festival – Jury Prize for Best Comedy Film Sarlat IFF – Prix Aquitaine, Pric Découverte UKJFF - Award for Best Feature Film
Alpe d'Huez International Comedy Film Festival - Grand Prix, Special Jury Award Hong Kong JFF - Audience Award for Best Film Toronto International Film Festival 2011 Festival of JF Melbourne/Sidney - opening Film San Francisco JFF Warsaw FF
Melbourne FF Washington JFF
Manila Israeli FF
Dublin Israeli FF
Embassy of Israel in Dublin
Embassy of Israel in Manila
“The sum of the picture, as you can imagine from its parts, is pretty hilarious. Instead of tired fat jokes, the dialogue iswitty and real. The audience responded, where appropriate, with lots of laughter. You feel for the characters, who overcome personal adversity, fall in love and, yes, play sumo.”
(MTV Movies Blog, Rachel Josue)
"Part sports drama, part love story, this sweetly absurd tale of forlorn blue-collar guys pursuing a difficult goal -- and in the process learning to accept themselves -- recalls audience-pleasing fare such as "The Full Monty." With visual and verbal humor hitting the mark.” (Variety, Alissa Simon)
“..as an examination of the complex issues surrounding body image and masculinity, it is a refreshing change from the silence or utter derision with which American films treat this subject" (The Jewish Week, George Robinson)
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