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The Film:

 

The following story of Aviv Talmor, a frustrated poet and literature teacher from Tel Aviv, is true…mostly.

A pitiable inheritance from his deceased father, who never acknowledged him, is the first stop on the quest for a much desired father figure, which Aviv never had. The sense of grief and humiliation accompanies his own poetry and literature classes.  Aviv decides to refute his father's will and fights it in court in order to gain recognition - once and for all! 

In search for evidence of his family background, Aviv discovers relatives that he never knew from his father’s side and a surprising bloodline to Haim Nahman Bialik, the acclaimed national Israeli poet. Aviv is excited by the possibility that he may be the illegitimate great grandson of the national poet laureate, and begins to publish these news. The literary community is shocked by Aviv’s revelation which threatens to impact the national poet's reputation.

 

In an obsessive attempt to prove his bloodline to Bialik, Aviv gradually loses his job, girlfriend and sanity. Will he stop before it will be too late?  

Who was Haim Nahman Bialik?

 

For two thousand years, Hebrew was a sacred and frozen language. Bialik (1873-1934) is Israel’s national poet, who became a national icon in his lifetime and is considered the father of the revival of the Hebrew language. He was the first to write powerful songs and poems in modern Hebrew, infusing new life into the Hebrew language. His poems combine national and personal themes: the Jewish experience of exile and Zionist redemption on the one hand, and songs of longing, love and heartbreaking orphanhood, on the other. He believed that the miracle of the revival of Hebrew would take shape only through the education of the next generation, and so he wrote many children's songs, even though he was childless.
When he died in 1934, more than half a million Jews attended his funeral, about half of the Jewish community living in Israel at that time. Cities, streets, squares and institutions are named after him to this day. He was buried in Tel Aviv, under a massive and heavy gravestone, his image set in stone. His home became a museum, and he became an irrefutable national symbol. His poems are taught in Israeli schools as part of compulsory studies and Israeli children know them by heart.

Aviv Talmor / The Director

 

Aviv Talmor is an Israeli poet, screenwriter and director.  His poems have been published in various journals and in the Haaretz project "Hamisha Gilyonot Shira". He was co-writer of the TV series Jaffa Pictures (Tmunot Yafo’iyot), and Youthful Dreams (Halomot Neurim) and the scriptwriter for the documentary films Paradise Lost, Fandy’s Dream, The Samaritans (Hashomronim) and more.

Talmor taught cinema for about 16 years in high schools and colleges and has recently undergone retraining in the capital market. At the age of 37, Talmor discovered that his biological father died and left him one Israeli lira. During his quest to find out about the father he never had, he finds Bialik. The film is based on this real life story.

 

CREW:

 

Director: Aviv Talmor
Script: Aviv Talmor – Ohad Ofaz
Cinematography: Philippe Bellaich
Editing: Ori Ben Dov
Music: Yoss Applebaum
Art: Tamar Amram – Shahar Bar-Adon
Costume: Orli Lombrozo
Sound: Yoss Applebaum - Sandrine Beeri
Animation: Adar Landsman
Producer: Aviv Talmor
Executive Producers: Amots Zvic

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