The Israel Film Service Collection

The Young Guitarist

40 Minutes, 1983
Short Film
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Directed by: Idan Agmon
Cast: Arieh Elias, Alon Abutbul, Shlomo Toledo
Production:Zohar Arnon
Production Company:Israel Film Service
Photographer: Arik Bernstein, Nelli Bahagan
Languages: Russian, Arabic, English, Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

An educational short produced by the Israel Film Service and commissioned by the country’s antidrug taskforce. Alon Aboutboul plays 16-year-old Avi, a teen musical prodigy and an exceptionally gifted guitarist who finds himself at a critical juncture: accept a music producer’s offer to join a new band and shoot to stardom or let himself be dragged down with his friends to a life of crime and drugs. It’s a tough choice and Avi ends up opting for the latter. Following a particularly traumatic drug trip, he realises he can’t carry on existing in both worlds and must make a decisive choice between music and drugs.

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