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The Principle of Grace

Written and Directed by: Maya Kessel
Fic., 18 min., 2015,  2k , Color
Production: The Sam Spiegel Film & TV School - Jerusalem (JSFS)

Language: Hebrew and Russian with English subtitles

Rita, a nurse for the Social Welfare Department, is accompanied
by Mali, a student, as she makes her 
house calls. Rita explains to
Mali that it is important to 
be tough and unsentimental with each client,
no matter 
how heartrending their situation may be. But at the end of
the day, in an act of uncharacteristic kindness, Rita 
decides to revisit
one of her patients.


  • First Prize: Cinéfondation, Cannes Film Festival, France, 2016
  • First Prize: the International Student Film Festival Tel Aviv, Israel, 2016
  • Ophir Award for Best Short Film: the Israeli Academy of Film and Television
  • Honorable Mention Award for Best Short Film : Toronto International Film Festival, Canada, 2016
  • Best Directing Award: Early Bird International Student Film Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2016
  • Audience Award: the International Student Film & Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy (ISFVF), China, 2016
  • First Prize for Best Film: Poitiers Film Festival, France, 2016
  • Best Student Short Film: RIFF- Roma Independent Film Festival, Rome  

FESTIVALS: Haifa International Film Festival, Israel, 2015; the International Student Film Festival Tel Aviv, Israel, 2016; Adana International Mediterranean Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey, 2016; NYC Shorts, New York, USA, 2016; Early Bird International Student Film Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2016; Cinemaiubit Short Film Festival, Bucharest, Romania, 2016; Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017; Nice Israël Film Festival, France, 2017;

  • Best Student Film: Haifa International Film Festival, Haifa, Israel 2015
  • Critics forum Award: the International Student Film Festival Tel Aviv, Israel, 2016
  • Best of Fest Award: NYC Shorts, New York, USA, 2016
Screening fee:  $200.00

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