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Longing

A Film by: Savi Gabizon
(Israel, 2017, 103 min, Hebrew, English subtitles, Cast: Shai Avivi, Asi Levy, Neta Riskin, Yoram Toledano,  Shiri Golan, Ella Armony, Shimon Mimran ).

 
This is a story about parenthood, about the desire to be a parent and 
the involvement 
 that come with it: identification and honor. This is a journey that creates near-laboratory conditions for the examination 
of hidden aspects of parenthood. 
 
What happens when a well-off, childless man of 55 gets a phone 
call from his college girlfriend and meets her at a fancy restaurant where she suddenly bursts into tears and tells him that when they broke up 20 years ago,
she was pregnant? She is truly sorry she never told him but she always knew he didn't want children. A lovely boy, a bit like him, she says. Two weeks ago the
boy took her car, drove it through the railings of a bridge into the river below and died. She didn't know what to do... she feels she has to tell him about it - after all, he is the boy's father, isn't he?

 
What can he do now but to keep on going, despite a certain sadness? And what tectonic forces rumble beneath the surface and suddenly burst, sending him off
to Acre (where his son lived and died) to stand 
there at the unveiling of the ombstone, looking down on  the grave of the son he never knew? What makes
him stay in Acre to discover who this boy was? As he meets his son's friends, teachers and lover, he gradually finds himself identifying with his boy and for the first time in his life, he experiences fatherhood. 


 
FESTIVALS, SCREENNINGS &  AWARDS

*   Israeli Academy Award for Best Screenplay
*  13 Israeli Academy Award Nominations 
*  Jerusalem International Film Festival - Audience Award and Best Script Award

*  Toronto International Film Festival - Official Selection
*  Venice Days - Venice internatioanl Film Festival - Opening Film

*  UK JFF 2018
Screening fee:  $1,200.00

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