47 Minutes, 1988
Student Film
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Directed by: Ayelet Menahemi
Cast: Gili Benousillo, Boaz Turgeman, Itzik Nini
Production Company:Beit Zvi
Photographer: Amnon Zlayet
Original Music: Ari Frankel
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

Seventeen-year-old Maggie decides to leave her father and rural life behind and make her way to Tel Aviv. She ends up in a commune, living with Yuval, Ellie, and Daniel – three young queer men from the furthest fringes of Tel Aviv’s nightlife scene. The tensions between the three may be palpable but that does not stop the flatshare from being a home to all its residents – whether permanent or transient. Crows, Ayelet Menhami graduation project from the Beit Zvi School of the Performing Arts’ Film Department was the first time that a fully-fledged, Israeli urban experience was given a robust and impactful big screen representation; in no small part, thanks to the film’s colourfulness, the cinematic flow, and Menahemi’s propensity for crafting scenes that are visually and dramatically striking in equal measure. In more ways than one, Crows is a milestone film in the shaping of Tel Aviv’s image as an international, urban epicentre which stands in stark contrast to the rest of the country, not to mention a watershed moment in Israeli film’s ability to present an alternative point of view – both cinematically and thematically – of the country.

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