The Israel Film Fund Collection


116 Minutes, 1993
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Directed by: Eran Riklis
Production:Michael Sharfstein, Amitan Menelzon
Production Company:Movit Productions Ltd., Tel Aviv
Photographer: Amnon Zlayet
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English

Director, Eran Riklis’s blockbuster hit brought to the big screen the story of the rise and fall of Zohar Argov, aka ‘The King’ – Israel’s all-time greatest Middle Eastern folk singer. The film chronicles Argov’s life from the moment he first broke out as a singer, throughout his meteoric rise to fame and the evolution of his musical genre which, hitherto, had been unceremoniously snubbed by the cultural establishment, and all the way to his becoming a mainstream household name, his drug addiction, his arrests, the breakup of his family – and finally, his downfall and tragic death. The film soundtrack is packed full of Argov’s greatest hits, including The Flower in my Garden (‘haperach begani’), Lonesome (‘badad’), and A Sea of Tears (‘yam shel dma’ot’). Zohar took home two Ophir awards: one for Best Soundtrack, and the other, in the Best Lead Actor category that went to Shaul Mizrahi.

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