The Glow

86 Minutes, 2002
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Directed by: Igal Bursztyn
Cast: Assi Dayan, Tinkerbell , Rivka Michaeli, Samuel Calderon
Production:Eyal Shiray
Photographer: Giora Bikh
Language: Hebrew
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Igal Bursztyn’s surrealism-tinged film was produced as part of the ‘Films from Here’ series of made-for-TV movies, commissioned by Israeli cabler, Channel Four. Reservist brigade commander Uriel (Assi Dayan), and Mona (Tinkerbell) who is many years his junior, go away for the weekend to stay with a couple of friends in a rural village (moshav) up north. The moshav is currently experiencing a spate of thefts and the two friends – Uriel and his moshav-dwelling mate, both of whom have quite the formidable military CV – set out to restore peace and order.
However, this seemingly mundane scenario comes wholly undone, along with reality as they know it which, as the film unfolds, only seems to go from bad to worse – the mobile phone network crashes, the animals begin to exhibit strange behaviour, whilst everyone in the moshav starts hearing this mysterious humming sound.
Like many of his previous works, here too Bursztyn ties film and philosophy together: Mona takes a copy of Maimonades’ influential essay, The Guide for the Perplexed, with her for the weekend (just a few years later, in 2006, Bursztyn himself would direct Guide to the Perplexed, in which he embarked on a journey tracing Maimonades’ teachings and philosophy.)
The film was shown at various festivals around the world and went on to win Best Film at the Haifa International Film Festival.

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