Bar 51

95 Minutes, 1985

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Directed by: Amos Guttman
Production:Enrique Rottenberg, David Lipkind
Photographer: Yossi Wein
Original Music: Arik Rudich
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English

In his second feature film, director Amos Guttman continues to shape and define his unique style as he creates a fantastical, postmodern fictional world inhabited by a range of fringe characters – a world that is vastly different to the period’s prevalent style of Israeli films. Following their mother’s death, siblings Thomas and Marianna leave the northern town of Migdal Haemek and move to Tel Aviv. Thomas, who is in love with his sister, meets Apolonia – an ageing, larger than life stripper who falls for him and takes in both him and his sister. Apolonia gets them both a job at the local Bar 51 where they cross paths with a range of outlandish, colourful characters who exist on the peripheries of society. Meanwhile, Thomas’s love, passion, and obsession with his sister continue to grow whereas she tries to get away from him. The film was shown at the Chicago International Film Festival and took home three Israel Film Centre awards, sponsored by the Department of Industry and Commerce – winning Best Film, Best Leading Actress (Smadar Kilchinsky), and Best Cinematography (Yossi Wein.)

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