The Israel Film Fund Collection

The Wanderer

88 Minutes, 2010
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Directed by: Avishai Sivan
Cast: Rami Baruch, Tzahi Grad, Ali Nassar, Rinat Matatov, Yossi Madmoni, Omri Fuhrer, Ronit Peled, Shani Ben Haim
Production:Keren Michael, Shay Goldman, Redi Sivan, Avishai Sivan
Production Company:The Mouth Agape Production
Photographer: Shay Goldman
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

Avishai Sivan’s debut feature follows Isaac (Omri Fuhrer), a 19-year-old Yeshiva student and the only child of his formerly secular parents, who enjoys long walks out on the streets on his own. A sudden bout of intense pain one Friday night changes his life. Initially, doctors diagnose him with kidney stones, but it soon becomes clear that Isaac will have to have surgery and that there is apparently an underlying fertility issue. This devastating blow shakes Isaac’s faith to its core, and his wanderings end up leading him down a path of experimentations and self-trials.
Sivan directs the film with meticulous care, precision, and wisdom, favouring lengthy silences over dialogue, whilst crafting beautifully-stylised frames.
Shai Goldman’s exceptional cinematography work (The Band’s Visit, Synonyms) helps in the creation of a stifling, grave and severe-faced atmosphere of profound poetic qualities.
The film was shown as part of the Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival and later won the Best Debut Film Award, as well as the Cinematography Award at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

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