Grief

23 Minutes and 21 seconds , 2000
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Directed by: Hadar Friedlich
Production: Ma’ale – School of Television, Film & the Arts, Jerusalem
Cast: Eli Guy, Gal Brazilai

Director Hadar Friedlich’s graduation projection, shot in the course of her studies at Jerusalem’s Maaleh Film School. Inspired by Chekhov’s short story, the film follows a day in the life of Jonah – a Jerusalem cabby, in the immediate aftermath of his soldier son’s funeral, who had died by suicide. Right after the funeral, a passenger gets into Jonah’s cab who, then, refuses to get off. And so, unwittingly, Jonah finds himself back at work, having literally just buried his son. A series of encounters with transient fares help to confront Jonah with the new reality he is now in. The film was shown at multiple festivals round the world, taking home awards at the Melbourne International Film Festival, and at Biarritz’s FIPADOC International Documentary Festival, in addition to earning a Special Mention at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

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