Archive of films Secure Space / Merkhav mugan

Israel
2008, 50 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2009

Because of the bombing, the citizens of Haifa, Israel are not allowed to leave their homes. Jewish bride and groom Maya and Roi spend their wedding day in the cellar where the ceremony is to take place that evening. The closest members of the family have already gathered in the improvised shelter... Oren Gvili graduated with this poetic film from the University of Tel Aviv. With its contemporary subtext, this writer-director statement grows from an intimate tale of a spoiled marriage into a metaphoric contemplation of the eternal threat to personal space.


Synopsis

Haifa, 2006, the Second Lebanon War. Because of the bombing, Jewish bride and groom Maya and Roi are spending their wedding day in the cellar of a house in the villa quarter. The closest members of the family have already gathered in the improvised shelter, and the ceremony itself is to take place there in the evening. On his cellphone, the groom’s step-father solves endless problems caused by the order to stay indoors: most of the guests don’t arrive and the refreshments are not coming. Groom Roi is the most nervous of all: he has to go out and search for his sulking 13-year-old brother. How will the "ruined” wedding turn out? And will the world ever return to normal? Oren Gvili graduated from the University of Tel Aviv with this poetic movie. A cinematically mature and youthfully positive writer-director statement with a contemporary subtext, the film overflows with joyful filmmaking energy. From an intimate tale of a spoiled marriage, it inconspicuously grows into a metaphoric contemplation of the eternal threat to personal space.

About the director

Oren Gvili began attending the department of television and film (rounded out with multidisciplinary studies in art) at the University of Tel Aviv in 2001. Set in a Haifa bomb shelter, his graduation movie Secure Space tells of a ruined wedding. In addition to directing, he also wrote and produced the film. At the 24th Haifa International Film Festival Secure Space received the Art Foundation Award. While at school Gvili shot Punk Life, a short documentary about the Israeli punk community. In addition, he created Internet advertising, and his short feature drama Prayer for the Journey was screened at festivals in France and the USA.

Contacts

Transfax Films
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Israel
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E-mail: artboolo@gmail.com

About the film

Color, HD CAM
International premiere

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
   
Director: Oren Gvili
Screenplay: Oren Gvili, Omer Tadmor
Dir. of Photography: Addie Reiss
Music: Michael Greilsammer
Editor: Tal Keller
Producer: Oren Gvili
Production: Artboolo
Cast: Yonatan Rozen, Abraham Selecter, Keren Barry, Vinon Cohen
Contact: Transfax Films, Artboolo

Guests

Oren Gvili

Film Director / Producer

Abraham Selecter

Actor


Oshrat Peretz

Producer

Addie Reiss

Director of Photography


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