Archive of films Year Zero / Shnat Efes

2004, 130 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2005

In this widely-branching narration, the lives of several people cross, people who, for the most varied reasons, find themselves at a turning point in their lives. They must cope with unexpected situations brought on by external forces; the result is joy for some and for others sorrow. Above all, however, the protagonists must change themselves.


It seems to happen at some point in everyones life: you are permitted (or forced) to start over again from square one. That very thing happens to the protagonists of Israeli director Joseph Pitchhadzes latest film. Employing the popular multiple-stories genre, the director offers a portrait of contemporary life as seen in the everyday realities of several characters. The protagonists, connected by various relationships, must come to terms with unexpected, though transformational, reversals. Egoistical real estate agent Reuven is bothered by the fact that his wife suddenly becomes pregnant. A single mother named Anna has hit absolute bottom: Reuben kicks her out of their apartment, and when she cannot find a job she ends up as a prostitute. Then she meets forty-year-old Matti who is somehow mixed up in the underworld. A soundman named Frank becomes close to a co-worker, Reubens wife, and gets to know his biological father, a onetime member of his parents punk band.... These and many other people meet (or don’t) and their lives unavoidably connect.

About the director

Joseph Pitchhadze (b. 1965, Tbilisi) emigrated with his family to Israel from Georgia in 1972. He graduated in film and television from Tel Aviv University. After the short films Dreaming in Russian (Holem b’rusit, 1990) and Bad Days (Yamim rai’im, 1993), he debuted with the post-modern, black-and-white thriller Under Western Eyes (Leneged finayim ma’araviyot, 1996), screened at Berlin. Another thriller followed, Besame Mucho (2000), this time set in night-time Tel Aviv, then the psychological drama Year Zero (Shnat efes, 2004). Pitchhadze not only directs, but writes and produces his movies as well.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: Another View
Director: Joseph Pitchhadze
Screenplay: Joseph Pitchhadze, Dov Steuer
Dir. of Photography: Itai Meeman
Music: Ishai Adar
Editor: Dov Steuer
Producer: Lior Shefer, Joseph Pitchhadze, Dov Steuer
Production: Year Zero - Limited Partnership
Cast: Menashe Noy, Sarah Adler, Moni Moshonov, Keren Mor, Ezra Kafri, Danny Geva, Dan Toren
Contact: Cinephil

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