The first years of the State of Israel, a three-month boot camp for non-combatants. The film deals with people at the bottom of the social ladder, who dream of ascending to the top. This is a battle for the individual’s survival, a war for status, identity, and independence.
A Film by: Dover Kosashvili
(Israel, 2010, 116 Minutes, Color, Hebrew, English subtitles, Cast: Guy Adler, Oz Zehavi, Assaf Ben Shimon, Michael Aloni, Liel Denir)
The film takes place in the early 1950s, a few years after the War of Independence and the establishment of the State. Immigration to Israel is at its peak, transit camps are scattered throughout the country, there is poverty and rationing. Security is unstable with Fedayin terrorist attacks and IDF retaliation. Unit 101 is at the height of its glory.
The platoon consists of veterans from cooperative settlements, kibbutzim and towns – Ashkenazi Jerusalemites, new immigrants from North Africa and Eastern Europe, holocaust survivors, religion men and non-religions men. No one is physically fit. Everyone suffers from afflictions and many are mentally disabled. But everyone is striving to become part of the new Israeli society.
Dover Kosashvili writes: 'Yehoshua Kenaz, author of “Infiltration”, manages to refine the human experience without currying favor with his readers. Therefore, his protagonists are depicted as authentic human beings, with faults and unique qualities. Kenaz’s approach to his protagonists fascinated me and resulted in my attempt to bring the novel to the big screen.'
AWARDS, FESTIVALS & SCREENNINGS
• Jerusalem IFF 2010 - Prize for Best Actor; US distribution prize
• Israeli Academy Award 2010- for Best Photography
• Warsaw IFF 2010 – Competition
• BFI 2010 – London IFF
• Pitligiani Kolno'a Festival in Rome