UNDER WESTERN EYES

Leneged Einayim Ma'araviyot

 (Joseph Pitchhadze, Israel, 1996) 95 minutes

UNDER WESTERN EYES

Director: Joseph Pitchhadze
Producers: Dubi Baruch, Joseph Pitchhadze
Screenplay: Joseph Pitchhadze
Photography: Shai Goldman
Editor: Dov Steuer
Music: Berry Sakharof
Eyal Shechter (Gary)
Liat Glick (Tom)
Ezra Kafri (Wolf)
Fitcho Ben-Zur (Yoshua)
Carmel Betto (Carmi)
Yehuda Lazarovitch (Igor)

Reviews and notes

Festivals/Prizes: Jerusalem (Best Film)
Berlin Official Competition (Ecumenical Prize)



Georgian-bom Israeli filmmaker Joseph Pitchhadze hit the bull's-eye with his directorial debut, a stunning contemporary road movie-come-love story, which stormed its way into the Jerusalem Film Festival, nabbing the top prize. Blending the humour and poetry typical of Georgian cinema with landscapes and themes that are Israeli through and through, he tells the story of a young architect living in Berlin who is summoned home to Israel to attend the funeral of his father, a scientist who had been serving a life sentence for espionage. But, as soon as he lands in Tel Aviv, he realises that his father is very much alive and has escaped from jail, and that he, the son, has been set up by the secret service in order to help them. A young actress talks him into trying to find his father himself and joins him on this journey.
- programme notes, 1997 Festival of Jewish Cinema, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

Part of an Israeli Film Festival in association with the Embassy of Israel.

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