Wounded Land

80 Minutes, 2015
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Directed by: Erez Tadmor
Cast: Roy Assaf, Dvir Benedek, Moshe Ashkenazi, Keren Berger, Tawfeek Barhom
Production:Shemi Shoenfeld, Amitan Menelzon, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery
Production Company:ComeBack Movies
Photographer: Asaf Sudry
Languages: Hebrew, Arabic
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

Director Erez Tadmor’s film took inspiration from a true story where a terrorist who had perpetrated an attack ended up in the same hospital as his victims. The film starts off as a rough and rugged 1970s-esque American police drama. Koby (Roy Assaf), a young idealistic police officer from a northern police precinct in Haifa is forced to act against his corrupt chief who also happens to be a close friend, and implicate him over his ties to the underworld. However, a mass casualty terrorist attack changes everything and Koby finds himself living through a hellish night during which he must grapple with a far greater moral dilemma than his commanding chief’s ethics: it is up to him to protect the terrorist, who was also taken to hospital, from the raging mob and families of his victims who are also being treated in the same medical facility.
The film earned Tadmor an Ophir Award for Best Director whereas Roy Assaf took home the Best Actor trophy for his performance in the film. The award for Best Makeup went to Wounded Land’s makeup artist duo, Orly Ronen and Shiran Cohen.
The film was also shown at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

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