The main character, Adar, a bright year-old girl, must find her place amidst the openly lustful relationship between her liberal workaholic mother, Alma, and Michael, her young stay-at-home stepfather.
The strong love and attachment they share increasingly moves into risky role-playing games, which skirt dangerously between openness and intimacy.
Seeking an escape from this claustrophobic and terrifying environment, Adar takes to the streets, lonely and alienated. There she meets Alan, a ethereal boy with whom she bears a striking resemblance. Adar brings the young boy into the family home to help her confront her reality. The two youngsters comfort each other and share the burden of this complex dynamic.
What the film is really about is something that is very difficult to put into words. Tell us briefly about yourself. I am a filmmaker living in Tel Aviv. My background is in theatre and it was from there that I developed a great love and admiration for the craft of the actor.
Before that I made several shorts and documentaries, all of which presented emotional, passionate and conflicting characters whose stories unravelled in very small, intimate and domestic spaces.
I am fascinated in the connection between psychology and cinema and I am driven by the desire to explore the human experience through cinematic stories. What was the biggest challenge in completing this film?
The script did not initially include this scene. It was only something we added in the additional shooting days. I had begun to develop an internal conflict about this. I explained to my Script Advisor that I felt it was immoral to include this scene in terms of working with a young actress. You really touch this subject -you give a lot of details in this film, you show everything.
You leave your character? Why do you think this is the moral thing to do? This was a very helpful angle. It helped me see that I needed to go ahead with this scene and that it had to be with Adar and not with Alan. What do you want audiences at Sundance to take away from your film? I would like the audience to be engaged with the characters and to be open enough to enter this scary zone where many things are unclear.
I wish that the audience will be brave enough to follow the story of Adar till the end, and take away something of her courage in smashing the scared concept of the family unit, and in bringing the painful truth to light. Are there any films that inspired you?
What inspires me most at the level of the writing is my dreams, my experiences, the lives of people who are close to me and stories that I hear. However, when I want to communicate with my crew, then I find other films very inspiring.
When I was talking to the DoP or the actors about the world and the atmosphere that I want to create, referencing other films was helpful. I have just begun work on two new projects that I am very excited about. Both are still in the very early stages so its too early to tell you much. What cameras did you shoot on? We shot on Red One and Epic. No we did not crowdfund for this film. The producer made all these decisions, and focussed on obtaining funding from Film Funds and private investors.
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