The Israel Film Fund Collection

Metallic Blues

89 Minutes, 2004
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Directed by: Danny Verete
Cast: Moshe Ivgy, Avi Kushnir, Rita Shukrun
Production:Gerhord Shmidt, Suzanne Girard, Danny Verete
Production Company:United King Films
Photographer: Yoram Milo
Languages: English, Hebrew,
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Director Dan Verete travel-themed dramedy follows car deal Shmuel (Avi Kushnir) and his assistant, Sisso (Moshe Ivgy), who buy a luxury car – a Lincoln Continental limousine – at a bargain price. They plan to sell it in Germany where this particular model is considered a collectible – however, from the second they touch down on German soil, they are plagued with bad luck. They learn that the limousine is in fact worth considerably less than what they had initially thought; then Shmuel’s wallet gets stolen; and as if that weren’t bad enough, the car is then vandalised. For Sisso, who has never left the country, everything seems strange, alien, and bizarre. Meanwhile Shmuel, a second-generation child of Holocaust survivors, is dealing with his share of triggers and generational trauma – every little thing in Germany reminds him of the Holocaust and the horrors his parents had endured that loomed large over his whole childhood.
Metallic Blues earned Verete a Best Screenplay award at the Jerusalem Film Festival, whilst Moshe Ivgy took home an Ophir Award for Best Supporting Actor. The film was shown at various festivals around the world including Toronto, Montreal, and Moscow.

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