The Israel Film Fund Collection


82 Minutes, 1979
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Directed by: Daniel Wachsmann
Cast: Gdalya Besser, Leora Rivlin, Yair Elazar
Photographer: Ilan Rosenberg
Original Music: Shlomo Grunich
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

Daniel Wachsmann’s debut feature film (EASTERN WIND) articulates the essence of one’s internal exile through the portrait of a Jewish-German refugee who arrived in Israel on the eve of World War II, started a family – but has nevertheless, yet to feel at home in his new country. He remains connected to Berlin with every fibre of his being; the city’s culture, its essence, and as far as he’s concerned, Israel is no more than a pitstop. He gradually pulls away from his wife, his son who does not get him, his sisters who are haunted by the past, and the rental flat where he’s lived all these years. He sets up shop in a budget hotel by the Tel Aviv seaside, hangs out with a group of fringe misfits, and dreams of moving back to Berlin.

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