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2006 | Dror Shaul

Israel, 1974. On a secluded kibbutz in the desert, 12-year-old Dvir realizes that his mother is mentally ill. In this closed community, Dvir navigates between the kibbutz’s absurd attempts to implement the ideal of equality and the painful reality that his mother has been abandoned by their community. Dvir tries to save his mother until he is forced to make a chilling decision that will change his life forever…Dror Shaul is an award-winning film and commercial writer/director from Tel Aviv, Israel. His first feature film „Sima Vaknin” (Witch) was released in July 2003. In 2003 Shaul participated in the Sundance Directors’ and Screenwriters’ Labs with his latest script „Sweet Mud”. „Sweet Mud” won several award, for example the Crystal Bear in Berlin and the Award of the Israeli Film Academy as Best Picture.

Drama, 100 Min.
Director: Dror Shaul
Script: Dror Shaul
D.o.P.: Sebastian Edschmid
Art Director: Avishai Avivi
Costumes: Rona Doron
Editor: Isaac Sehayek
Music: Tsoof Philosof, Adi Rennert

Cast: Tomer Steinhof, Ronit Yudkevitch, Henri Garcin, Gal Zaid

World sales:

A co-production by Heimatfilm (Bettina Brokemper & Johannes Rexin, Germany) and Sirocco Productions Ltd (Sharon Shamir, Israel).
Support by Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Festivals / awards / nominations:

Palic Film Festival in Serbia, 2008
Directors Award

Berlin International Film Festival, 2007
Crystal Bear Generation 14plus

Miami Film Festival, 2007
Audience Award

Motovun Film Festival, 2007
Propeller of Motovun

Sundance Film Festival, 2007
Grand Jury Prize

Ophir Awards – Iraeli Film Awards, 2006
Best Film
Best Music
Best Art Direction
Best Sound