Archive of films Princess / Princess

2014, 92 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2015

Puberty is giving 12-year-old Adar a rough ride. A fascinating chamber piece in which debuting Tali Shalom-Ezer deftly transforms a playful dream into a provocative, even devastating nightmare.


Puberty is giving 12-year-old Adar a rough ride. The talented girl refuses to go to school and prefers whiling away her days in the liberal environment of her home, where she observes her mother conducting a carefree sex life with her partner Michael. The latter has just lost his job and now spends lots of time with Adar playing games and having a bit of harmless fun. The dynamics of the story change when Adar returns from wandering the streets with a new friend in tow, Alan, who bears a striking resemblance to her. Adar doesn’t like the way Michael pays him more attention, and the wide-open family relationships suddenly start to turn into something far more sinister. Princess plays out in a small apartment which the protagonists seldom leave; all the same, we don’t get any sense of confinement or monotony. Soft, sensual light floods the windows, evoking a singular, erotic atmosphere in combination with the film’s warm tonality. Newcomer Shira Haas excels in the lead role, an actress able to express with one glance the kind of emotions no words can convey.

Šimon Šafránek

About the director

Tali Shalom Ezer (b. 1978, Kfar Saba, Israel) is a director and screenwriter who graduated in film studies from Tel Aviv University. She made the hour-long film Surrogate (2008), the short Living Room (2006), which was selected for the Cannes festival, and also the documentary A Summer at Abarbanel (2005). Her feature debut Princess competed at this year’s Sundance and was awarded Best Israeli Feature at the Jerusalem Film Festival in 2014. Back in 2009 the screenplay for Princess won the Highlight Pitch Award at the Berlinale Talent Project Market. Apart from film she also has experience in theatre, where she worked as a director’s assistant and producer. She lives in Tel Aviv, lecturing at the city’s university.


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About the film

Color, DCP
European premiere

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Director: Tali Shalom Ezer
Screenplay: Tali Shalom Ezer
Dir. of Photography: Radek Ladczuk
Music: Ishai Adar
Editor: Neta Dvorkis
Art Director: Dror Elhadad
Producer: Elad Gavish
Production: Marker Films
Coproduction: Moshe and Leon Edery, United King Films
Cast: Shira Haas, Keren Mor, Ori Pfeffer, Adar Zohar Hanetz
Sales: The Yellow Affair


Tali Shalom Ezer

Film Director

Elad Gavish


Neta Dvorkis

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Keren Mor


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