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Low Tide

Daniel Mann
Motza el hayam
Israel, France 2017 / 74’
Land of the Little People Mr. Gaga

Joel Kanovich is an unremarkable man. He was a history teacher for quite some time, but he was fired from his job. At that point, he also split up with his wife. He once started crying while discussing the 1917 Balfour Declaration. He was moved to tears not only by the content of the document-the promise of a Jewish state in Palestine-but also by the memory of his father, who had recently passed away. For Joel, daily life is a procession of failures. And by no means is the point here about him alone; it is rather about the experience of Israeli society as a whole, a society that is addicted to permanent conflict. Every new day and every new military operation maintains this constant threat from which there is simply no escape. Any attempt to stand up to this reality is doomed to failure. In his film, Daniel Mann refers to Operation Cast Lead from 2008-2009, the Israeli military's brutal incursion into the Gaza Strip.

Joanna Ostrowska

Daniel Mann

Born in 1983 in New Haven (USA), Daniel Mann studied Filmmaking at Tel Aviv University. He is currently working on his doctorate in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths College in London. His feature debut, Low Tide,was shown in the Forum section at this year's Berlin International Film Festival.


2009 Complex (short)

2014 Ish Ha-tziporim / Birdman (doc.)

2017 Odpływ / Motza el hayam / Low Tide

Cast & Crew

director Daniel Mann
screenplay Daniel Mann
cinematography Ziv Berkovitch
editing Or Ben David
music Or Ben David
cast Gal Hoyberger, Susanne Gschwendtner, Amnon Wolf, Eran Ivanir
producer Itai Tamir, Ilann Girard
production Lalia Films, Arsam International
language Hebrew
colouration colour