A Short Film

21 Minutes, 1993
Student Film
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Directed by: Rani Blair
Cast: Dana Modan, Dov Navon, Berry Sakharof
Production Company:Department of Film and Television, TAU
Photographer: Ari Folman
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

A student short by writer-director Rani Blair which he made during his time at Tel Aviv University’s Department of Film and Television Studies. The film was influenced by the likes of Jim Jarmusch and John Cassavetes’s rugged and so-called neorealistic style of filmmaking. Blair’s classmate, director Ari Folman was behind the grainy, expressive black and white cinematography.
At the heart of the story is a young woman from the north of Israel who ditches her partner after a fight during a night out in Tel Aviv. As day breaks, she finds herself walking the streets of south Tel Aviv where she crosses paths with a trombonist who had just been sacked for refusing to play Easy Listening music. Later on, the jilted boyfriend reappears and asks her to go back home to Nahariya with him [in the north] – therefore making her choose between the centre and the north, present and future, and fantasy and reality.
The film was shown at Munich’s student film festival, Filmschoolfest.

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