Slow Down

14 Minutes, 1967
Short Film
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Directed by: Avraham Heffner
Cast: Fanny Lovitch, Avraham Ben Yosef
Production:Avraham Heffner
Photographer: Adam Greenberg
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

In just 14 minutes, Avraham Heffner’s short film (and winner of the Venice Film Festival’s Best Short Film Award) successfully refines the confession of a quarrel and reconciliation between an ageing couple in late 1960s Tel Aviv. The heroine’s omnipresent, stream-of-consciousness narration provides a harsh account of life together. And though it is a short film, Slower was nonetheless hailed a harbinger of a new style of Israeli filmmaking and storytelling, while director Avraham Heffner himself admitted it was his favourite film. Based on a short story by Simone de Beauvoir (L’âge de discretion).

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