Dark Night

31 Minutes, 2005
Student Film
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Directed by: Leonid Prudovsky
Cast: Pini Tavger, Eran Amihay, Johnny Arbid, Helena Yaralova, Hanan Savion
Production:Rafael Katz
Photographer: Israel Fridman
Original Music: Gavriel Ben Podah
Languages: Russian, Arabic, Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

Filmmaker Leon Prudovsky’s graduation project from Tel Aviv University’s Department of Film and Television Studies is inspired by the famous Soviet folk song, Dark Night, written during World War II and first performed in the 1943 film, Two Soldiers (Leonid Lukov). At the start of the film, a jeep carrying three Israeli soldiers drives over a landmine and is then ambushed. Two of the soldiers are able to escape and find shelter with a Palestinian couple whose home they’ve broken into. There, they decide to wait it out until they are rescued. Meanwhile, these four unlikely housemates will have to get over the language barrier and all the deep-seated hatred, anger, and animosity if they are to communicate and make it through the night.
Dark Night earned an Oscar nomination in the Best Student Foreign Film category. The film was also showcased at countless festivals both in Israel and internationally where it went on to win multiple awards, including a Television Drama Award Honorable Mention at the Jerusalem Film Festival, a Special Mention at the Munich Student Film Festival (Filmschoolfest Munich), and a Best Film award at the Beijing International Student Film Festival.

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