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P.S. Jerusalem

Danae Elon
Canada, Israel 2015 / 87’

After years of being away from her homeland, Danae Elon, an Israeli documentary filmmaker, arrives in Jerusalem with her family. While she is aware of the barriers separating the communities living there, her husband and children collide with a completely new reality that provides the basis for an ethno-cultural conflict. Although it may seem that the inhabitants of Jerusalem are constantly tired and anxious, a boundary agreement is not just a pipe dream. That said, Elon does not paint an idealistic picture to lift up our hearts and souls. "I wanted to be brutally honest," she says of her work. "To not hide behind poetic form and a liberal worldview." By recording scenes from everyday life and making P.S. Jerusalemlook and feel like a home video, she creates an effect of immediacy and realism. Floating above the entire project are the words of Elon's late father, Amos, who made her promise that she would never return to Israel. She did return, however, soon after his death, but in her opinion, this was not an expression of disobedience to her father but, rather, a tribute to him.

Bartosz Czartoryski


Haifa IFF 2015 - Special Jury Mention; VDKUF Award 2016 - Best Documentary Film

Danae Elon

Born in 1970 in Jerusalem, Danae Elon is a documentary filmmaker and the daughter of renowned writer Amos Elon. She grew up in Israel and Italy. After graduating from a newly opened high school that was run under the watchful eye of several Israeli filmmakers, she was drafted for her compulsory military service. As a student, she left for New York, where she eventually settled on a permanent basis. Since then, she has been working as a director and cinematographer. Her films have been shown at international festivals, where they have earned the recognition of audiences and the critics alike, including capturing a number of awards.

Selected filmography

2004 Inna droga do domu / Another Road Home (doc.)

2009 Ucięta dyskusja / Partly Private (doc.)

2015 PS Jerozolima / P.S. Jerusalem (doc.)

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Cast & Crew

director Danae Elon
screenplay Sophie Farkas Bolla
cinematography Danae Elon
editing Sophie Farkas Bolla
music Olivier Alary
cast Luai Musa Hatib, Amos Touitou Elon, Andrei Touitou Elon, Tristan Touitou Elon, Philip Touitou
producer Paul Cadieux
production Filmoption International
sales Filmoption International
language English, Arabic, Hebrew
colouration colour