I Love You Roza

83 Minutes, 1972
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Directed by: Moshe Mizrachi
Cast: Yosef Shiloach, Michal Bat-Adam, Levana Finkelstein, Avner Hizkiyahu, Elisheva Michaeli, Yehuda Efroni
Production:Menahem Golan
Production Company:Noah Films
Photographer: Adam Greenberg
Original Music: Dov Seltzer
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: Hebrew

A breathtakingly restored copy of Moshé Mizrahi’s widely acclaimed film which earned him an Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Film category. At the heart of the film is a freewheeling, liberated women who refuses to bow down to tradition and allow society and the period she’s living in clip her wings. It’s the turn of the 20th century in Jerusalem and young Rosa has just been widowed. According to Jewish levirate marriage law (aka ‘yibbum’), she must now marry her late husband’s brother, Nissim – except the latter is only 11 years old. Much to the family and the townsfolk’s dismay, Nissim moves in with rebellious and fiercely independent Rosa. There, they will sit out the next few years together until he is old enough to decide whether he does, in fact, wish to marry her or instead, perform an undoing ritual (aka ‘halizah’) which would render the levirate marriage act null and void. The two go on to strike up a most unique bond. In interviews, Mizrahi revealed that story is based on true events that had transpired in his own family.

ביקורת של יצחק בן־נר, על המשמר, 31.03.1972 ביקורת של נתן גרוס, על המשמר, 14.03.1972

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