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Jerusalem Syndrome

A Film by: Emanuel Naccache & Stephane Belaisch
(Israel/France, 2008, 87 Minutes, Color, Hebrew, French, English, English/French/Hebrew subtitles, Cast: Lionel Abelanski, Dan Herzberg, Liron Levo, Lucy Dubinchek, Albert Iluz, Emmanuel Halperin)

The Jerusalem Syndrome is a comic road movie showing Israel in a way never done before and aimed at anyone who is young at heart, who still dreams, who still believes in freedom and love.

It tells the story of a young Israeli who has recently returned from India and who is so in love with a Russian prostitute that he decides to kidnap her from her Georgian pimp. In order to do so, he borrows a gun and hails a jitney taxi. But problems arises when he realizes that the cab is not empty and he finds himself involving the other passengers in his scheme:  a young, sexy female soldier who just broke up with her boyfriend, a new-age waitress on her way to a meditation festival in the desert, a yeshiva student carrying a very sacred Streimel and a French civil servant who suffers from the Jerusalem Syndrome and believes he is the Prophet Jonas from the Bible. 

This small, improbable group joins forces to free Ivana and then starts running for their lives towards the desert offering an unique experience of tolerance, freedom and bonding.


• Winner of the Public Award at the 9th Festival of Israeli Cinema in Paris, 2009
 Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema
 Denver Jewish Film Festival
 San Diego Jewish Film Festival
 Tampa Bay, FL Jewish Film Festival
 Denver Jewish Film Festival
 Israeli Embassy in Zagreb
 Montreal Jewish Library


Screening fee:  $500.00

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