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Avishai Sivan
Israel 2015 / 119’
Through the Wall Watch Over Her

In the beginning is death. A kosher butcher ritually kills a cow, depriving it of life with a single cut. At the same time, his eldest son, Haim-Aaron, who is studying at a yeshiva, suddenly loses consciousness. He has been fasting. He has not been eating and seldom drinks. He is trying to get closer to God not only through prayer but also through mortification of the flesh. His body is something he cannot accept. One evening, he loses consciousness. After several minutes of CPR, the paramedics stop trying to revive him. He is brought back to life thanks to his father. This is how the second chapter in the yeshiva student's life begins, with the Almighty testing his faith. FollowingAmos Gitai's Kadosh and Haim Tabakman's Eyes Wide Open, Avishai Sivan's Tikkun is another attempt to present Israel's Hasidic community. The raw, black-and-white image of Haim-Aaron's family life mirrors the fate of the "chosen" young, those who have contact with God. Stories about people returning to life following clinical death provided the inspiration for the screenplay. The film's title refers to, among other things, Kabbalah and the idea of fixing the world by confronting the temptation to evil that is inherent in all of us.

Joanna Ostrowska


Locarno IFF 2015 - Don Quixote Award, Special Jury Prize, Special Mention for the Cinematography; Jerusalem FF 2015 - Best Israeli Feature, Actor, Screenplay, Cinematography; Awards of the Israeli Film Academy 2016 - Best Cinematography; Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival 2016 - Best Actor; Transilvania IFF 2016 - Best Director

Avishai Sivan

Born in1977, Avishai Sivan is a director, visual artist, and writer. His work has been shown in galleries and museums in Israel and Europe. He has also worked as a cinematographer and film editor. He creates video art. His Soap Opera of a Frozen Filmmaker, a series of seven episodes from a filmmaker's diary, won the award for best experimental film at the Jerusalem Film Festival 2007. Sivan's full-length feature debut, The Wanderer, premiered at the Cannes Festival (2010) in the Directors' Fortnight section.

Selected filmography

2010 Włóczykij / Ha meshotet / The Wanderer

2010 Returnee (short)

2011 The Uzbek Trilogy (doc.)

2103 Visa

2015 Tikkun

Cast & Crew

director Avishai Sivan
screenplay Avishai Sivan
cinematography Shai Goldman
editing Nili Feller, Avishai Sivan
sound Aviv Aldema
cast Aharon Traitel, Khalifa Natour, Riki Blich, Gur Sheinberg, Omri Fuhrer
producer Ronen Ben Tal, Avishai Sivan, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery
production The Mouth Agape, Plan B Productions
language Hebrew, Yiddish
colouration b&w