An impulsive teenager finds his future torn between two paths in Matan Yair’s enigmatic character-driven debut.
Asher confidently navigates through school life with carefree abandon, prone to erratic acts of violence – a way of life not too uncommon for boys his age in the small town of Herzliya, Israel. A correspondence with a new teacher leads him to consider succeeding academically. He begins contemplating a path in life, one at odds with his father’s own plan for him.
Based on his own experiences as a teacher, director Matan Yair’s debut feature is a sensitively trodden portrait of a teenager discovering his own will at the brink of adulthood. The emotional gravity arising from the classic conundrum of the father-son relationship is depicted with a clear empathy for the individual and familial. We sense a growing depth in character in Asher – he does not change, but our perception of him does as we get closer to his generously direct form of life.
Cast & Credits
Matan Yair is an educator, author and filmmaker who studied at Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem and received his MFA in directing at Tel Aviv University. His works deal with autobiographical detail and personal experience. These include the documentary It is Written in Your I.D. That I am Your Father (2008) and Scaffolding, his first feature film.
Gal Greenspan, Roi Kurland, Stanisław Dziedzic, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery
Asher Lax, Ami Smolarchik, Yaacov Cohen
• Best Supporting Actor, Israeli Film Academy 2017
• Best Israeli Festure, Jerusalem Film Festival 2017
• In-competition, Zurich Film Festival 2017