Tzanani Family

92 Minutes, 1976
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Directed by: Boaz Davidson
Cast: Gabi Amrani, Levana Finkelstein, Yosef Shiloach, Geula Nuni, Elisheva Michaeli, Chaim Banai
Production:Menahem Golan
Production Company:Noah Films
Photographer: Amnon Salomon
Original Music: Poldi Shatzman
Language: Hebrew
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Director Boaz Davidson’s film, written and produced by Menahem Golan, was a huge box office hit and was watched in cinemas by over 450,000 people. Contrary to other films in the Bourekas genre [working class, lowbrow comedies and melodramas] in which the conflict is usually between a Mizrahi protagonist and an Ashkenazi one, here we have a Yemeni and Persian family at loggerheads. Zion Tzanani (Gabi Amrani), a Yemeni shoe salesman is caught up in a bitter rivalry with his neighbour, Israel Ben-Naim (Yosef Shiloach), a Persian shoe salesman. The situation turns even more toxic when Shimshona, Yemeni Zion’s daughter, starts seeing Herzl, Persian Israel’s son. And as if that weren’t bad enough, Zion is also worried that his wife, Ziona, has been having an affair with his archnemesis, Israel. In response, he buys her a diamond ring, which then mysteriously goes missing. Complications and hurdles ensue, all of which lead up to the happy ending, as per the genre’s rulebook.
A caption that read, The Tzananis – To be continued, appeared in the film’s end credits –suggesting the creators’ plans for a sequel which, ultimately, never came to fruition.

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