Funeral at Noon

1 hour and 23 Minutes and 38 seconds , 2014
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Directed by: Adam Sanderson
Production: July August Productions
Cast: Hila Vidor, Matan Aberbach, Michael Aloni , Yuval Yanai, Meirav Gruber

A big screen adaptation of author Yeshayahu Koren’s novel of the same title. Director Adam Sanderson boasts a minimalist, understated style in his portrayal of Hagar’s story – a woman living in a small 1950s rural community, trapped in her daily routine and a loveless, emotionally vacuous marriage. She has been known to frequent the nearby, abandoned Arab village where it seems as though she is able, however briefly, to shake off all the chains that keep her tied to her home. Joining her on her excursions is 10-year-old Yiftach, who has been left in Hagar’s care by his mother who is caring for his poorly brother. The pair strike up a friendship and during one of their strolls one day, they end up spying on a soldier working out at the village. This voyeuristic moment turns into an encounter that will change the course of Hagar’s life forever. The plot is further bolstered by cinematographer, Nadav Heckselman’s exceptional camerawork, and composer Wissam Joubran’s spellbinding score.
Funeral at Noon was shown at multiple festival around the world, including the prestigious San Sebastián International Film Festival, winning the Critics Award at the Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, and the Special Jury Award at the Cyprus Film Days International Festival. Hilla Vidor who stars as Hagar also took home the Best Actress award at the Haifa International Film Festival.

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