A Film by: Avraham Kushnir
(Israel, 2014, 105 Minutes, Color, Hebrew, French, English and German. English subtitles, Cast: Yehoram Gaon, Tsofit Grant, Baruch Brener, Daniella Kertesz, Yossi Marshak, Emmanuel Halperin and Sasha Demidov)
The Iranians are bringing missiles out of their bunkers and within an hour and a half they will be prepared to “push the button” and launch the missiles at any point in Israel.
Against the time that is running out, a drama is being reconstructed. It is a political, scientific and human drama that took place in Jerusalem and Paris during the 1950's - 60's.
On his return from a trip to a concentration camp, Ben Gurion gives an order to develop Israel’s nuclear option – as an insurance policy for the remainder of the Jewish people. At the time only the USA, Great Britain and Russia had the bomb
At the center of this story are the Head of the Mossad as well as a key Nuclear Physicist together with his doctoral students. They are recruited to develop the bomb for Israel. The mission seems impossible.
The tense and romantic relationships between the characters are presented against the background of the determination of the Head of the Mossad to attain the Bomb and the soul-searching of the physicists who understand the terrible significance of this project.
Operation Sunflower also deals with the dilemma of the commitment of the Jewish People around the world towards the State of Israel and how far will they go in order to help the Jewish State. The Story that unfolds in the film, in the words of one of the characters, "was mythical".
AWARDS, FESTIVALS & SCREENNINGS
• Los Angeles JFF 2014
• SERET - London IFF 2014
• Shalom Europa - Strassbourg 2014
• Brazil Israeli Film Festival 2014
• Rochester JFF 2014
• Australia JFF 2014
• The Avalon, DC 2014
• Cleveland JFF 2014
• Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema 2014
• UK JFF 2014
• Sephardic JFF LA 2014
• Sedona Int'l FF 2014
• Embassy of Israel in Zagreb 2014
• Embassy of Israel in Washington DC 2014
• Palm Beach JFF 2015
• Tikvat Israel Congregation, Washington DC 2015
• Tucson JFF 2015
• Miami JFF 2015
• Geneva JFF 2015
• Houston JFF 2015
• Sarasota JFF 2015
• NIFF 2015
• Seret London 2015
• Montreal Sephardi JFF 2015
• Fort Lauderdale JFF 2015
• UK JFF in Canada 2015
• Cincinnati JFF 2016
• JW3 Cinema 2016