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A Beautiful Valley

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Director  Hadar Friedlich
Producer  Laetitia Gonzalez
Writer  Hadar Friedlich
Language  Hebrew
5.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Duration  
Country  Israel France
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Release date  July 10, 2011 (2011-07-10) (Jerusalem Film Festival) November 14, 2012 (2012-11-14) (France)
Editors  Hadar Friedlich, Nelly Quettier
Similar movies  The Investigation Must Go On (2000)

A Beautiful Valley (Hebrew: עמק תפארת‎) is a 2011 Israeli drama by Hadar Friedlich. It was her feature directorial debut.

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The film premiered at the Jerusalem Film Festival in July 2011 where it received the award for Best Full-Length Debut. In a controversial decision by the festival management, however, the prize was revoked at the last minute following a complaint of alleged conflict of interest by one of the jury members. It was also nominated for a 2011 Ophir Award in the Best Actress and Best Cinematography categories, received a Special Jury Mention at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, and won the Critic's Prize at the Cinémed Montpellier Film Festival.

Plot

Hanna Mendelssohn (Batia Bar), an elderly widow, is a proud founding member of her kibbutz and has devoted most of her life to its development. When it is threatened with bankruptcy and privatized, she is forced out of her job as the community's gardener, turning from a hardworking productive member of society into a dependent burden. Although she still believes in the values of social equality and cooperation that characterized the kibbutz in its early years, Hanna struggles to maintain her usefulness and sense of worth in a society undergoing a sudden and profound transformation.

Cast

  • Batia Bar as Hanna
  • Gili Ben-Ozilio as Yael
  • Hadar Avigad as Naama
  • Eli Ben-rey as Shimon
  • Hadas Porat as Odeda
  • Ruth Geller as Miriam
  • Critical reception

    Jay Weissberg of Variety said Friedlich's debut "tackles a forgotten subject with sensitivity".

    References

    A Beautiful Valley Wikipedia
    A Beautiful Valley IMDb A Beautiful Valley themoviedb.org


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