The Principle of Grace


Sam Spiegel
Sam Spiegel

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.


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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.


AWARDS, FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS
 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