A Film by: Kobi Machat
(Israel, 2015, 80 min, Hebrew, English subtitles, Cast: Hanna Laszlo, Naya Federman,
Yuval Shem Tov, Meir Suissa, Haim Osdon, Yehoram Gaon, Michael Golan, Hila Eran
Ron Kaufman, Eden Harel, Oded Menashe).
In a small town there is a building shared by a variety of characters: Pertchik, the building’s super (and our story teller); Giovanni, the hairdresser; Yardus, his assistant;
Shlihta the dog and a mysterious tenant whom no one has ever seen. The town dreams of becoming a city which could happen soon as there are already 10,000 residents.
A new family arrives including a daughter, Billi, a mischievous little girl who enjoys exploring all the magical corners of the building and particularly loves the guava tree that has a hammock and a tree house.
The town’s wimpy mayor lives next door, He has a personal assistant called Contessa
who was the first baby born in the town and therefore feels that the new city should be named after her – Contessa City or Contessaville, the options are endless. Contessa
also decides that the guava tree is misbehaving and must be uprooted.
When Billi fights for the tree and leads the tenants of the building and the whole city
council in a social protest, Contessa is furious. First she sends a worker with a chainsaw. Then she has a motion passed to build a road through the area. Finally she tries to build
an amusement park with a huge statue of a bagel with sesame seeds on the property.
In the meantime Billi builds a true friendship with Assaf, the mayor’s nephew and comes
to understand that a real battle is needed in order to save the tree.
FESTIVALS AND SCREENINGS
• Houston JFF 2017
• Brooklyn Israeli FF 2021