Year Zero

130 Minutes, 2004
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Directed by: Joseph Pitchhadze
Cast: Menashe Noy, Sarah Adler, Moni Mushonov, Keren Mor, Ezra Kafri, Danny Geva, Dan Toren, Ori Klauzner, Sasson Gabai, Yussuf Abu-Warda, Vladimir Friedman, Eyal Shechter
Production:Lior Sefer, Dov Steuer, Joseph Pitchhadze
Photographer: Itay Neeman
Language: Hebrew
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Joseph Pitchhadze’s highly aesthetic, well put-together, deeply melancholy film is a patchwork of interwoven characters and narratives: a blindman whose guide dog is fatally run over; a radio technician trying to locate his father whom he’s never met; a couple trying to rekindle some form of interest in the bleak mundanity of their married life; a single mother who has found herself in dire financial straits; and a dodgy businessman with an assassin on his trail who returns to Israel, to his elderly father’s home. All protagonists are on a journey to reinvent themselves and find some meaning in this, their ‘year zero’ – this critical juncture between their old and new lives.

The film won a Critics’ Choice Award at the Haifa International Film Festival, and also took home the award for Best Sound Design.

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