Birds in Neutral

82 Minutes, 1995
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Directed by: Galit Eshkol, Eyal Shiray
Cast: Dana Modan, Eyal Shiray, Asi Levi, Dana Berger, Maor Cohen, Karin Ophir, Doron Tsabari
Production:Eyal Shiray, Galit Eshkol, Jones Pruzansky
Photographer: Moshe Ben Yaish, Giora Bikh
Languages: English, Hebrew
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Birds in Neutral started out as film students and then-couple Galit Eshkol (who would go on to have a career as a casting director) and (future producer) Eyal Shiray’s graduation project. The film follows the lives of a group of Gen Xers living in Tel Aviv’s then-indie Florentine neighbourhood. Arik (Eyal Shiray), who was recently dumped by his girlfriend, is a singer waiting for his big break – that is currently nowhere in sight. Dana (Dana Modan) is a local mural artist who dreams of success beyond the Florentine borough boundaries. The pair both move to New York – albeit separately – where their paths cross. Arik sets up a stall where he flogs ‘Jerusalem Candles’ whereas Dana works as a hostess at a strip club. New York soon turns out to be a supersized, super-imposing version of Florentine where success and making your dreams come true are infinitely more unlikely.

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