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Mountain

Yaelle Kayam
Ha’har
Israel, Denmark 2015 / 83’

Tzvia is an Orthodox Jewish woman, a mother of four, a wife, and a teacher at a yeshiva. She lives in a house surrounded by tombstones—the famous Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives. She spends her days working at home, where she waits for her constantly overworked husband who ignores her needs; takes care of the tedious grooming and raising of three daughters and a son, and holds short, careful discussions with the Arab gravedigger, Abed. One night, she discovers that the darkened cemetery is a meeting place for groups of men, pimps and prostitutes. Lonely, cut off from the world and people, neglected by her husband, she begins to experience new feelings. Maintaining a healthy distance from herself, Tzvia starts having intimate relations with some of the men who visit the cemetery at night. But her frustration only grows, eventually exploding in an unexpected finale. While subtle and reserved, Yaelle Kayam's film is an extraordinarily evocative drama. Feelings of loneliness, isolation, longing, and religious confinement are all subtly acted in clear, sparing images against the bright-gold background of the cemetery.

Karolina Kosińska

awards

Fribourg 2016 - Don Quixote Award; San Francisco IFF 2016 - Special Jury Award

Yaelle Kayam

She is an Israeli director, born in Tel Aviv in 1979. She studied Anthropology in Israel and Film Studies at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne and at the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem. She is also a human rights activist connected with several organizations in the West Bank.

Filmography

2009 Diploma (short)

2015 Góra / Ha'har / Mountain

Cast & Crew

director Yaelle Kayam
screenplay Yaelle Kayam
cinematography Itay Marom
editing Or Ben David
music Ophir Leibovitch
cast Shani Klein, Avshalom Pollak, Haitham Ibrahem Omari
producer Eilon Ratzkovsky, Yochanan Kredo, Yossi Uzrad, Lisa Uzrad, Guy Jacoel
production A July August Productions, Windelov/Lassen Productions
sales Films Distribution
language Hebrew
colouration colour