The Israel Film Fund Collection

The Appointed

94 Minutes, 1990
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Directed by: Daniel Wachsmann
Production Company:Nachshon Films
Photographer: Ilan Rosenberg
Original Music: Ori Vidislavski
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

Director Daniel Wachsmann’s picturesque, outlandish, and mystical film explores the relation between film and faith, art and religion, and magic and miracles. Shmaya (Shuli Rand), a small-time magician whose career consists of gigs at local venues in the north of Israel, meets Oshra (Ronit Elkabetz) at one of his shows, who possesses genuine mystical powers. Shmaya makes Oshra part of his act and together, they perform real-life feats of magic and miracles before their slack-jawed audiences.
Meanwhile, Shmaya’s father – a holy man with his own loyal following, is dying. He asks his followers to bring him his estranged son, so that he can take his place after his death and lead their community. Shmaya does just that and goes on to become a spiritual leader. However, his ongoing attraction to Oshra is now on a collision course with his new calling. The film took home two Ophir Awards for Best Art Direction (Avishay Avivi & Anat Avivi), and Best Cinematography (the extraordinary Ilan Rosenberg).

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