Archive of films God´s Sandbox / God´s Sandbox

Israel
2002, 86 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2002

Successful writer Liz comes to look for her daughter Rachel on a gorgeous and immaculate beach in the Sinai. There she meets Mustafa who starts to tell her a love story he witnessed as a boy. The tale makes Liz upset and emotional, and Rachel gradually learns a surprising and devastating fact about her mother’s life.


Synopsis

Successful writer Liz comes to look for her daughter Rachel on a gorgeous and immaculate beach in the Sinai. After a conflict with her mother, Rachel has taken off and isn’t interested in smoothing things over quite yet. Despite this Liz decides to remain. Rachel introduces her to her boyfriend Mustafa. After finding out that Liz is a writer, he decides to tell her a love story he witnessed as a boy. At the time, the young, beautiful and freethinking Leila, his childhood love, was staying at the beach with friends. One day a Bedouin named Najim arrives from deep in the desert accompanied by his father and representatives of the tribe. Najim and Leila fall in love, and the girl decides to leave with him. On the way to Najim’s village Leila witnesses the circumcision of one of the Bedouin girls. On top of that, Najim’s tribe doesn’t want to allow the couple to be married, and when Najim insists, his father disowns him and banishes both him and Leila. But the tribe sends Abu Ahmad to find them in order to force Najim to have Leila “purified.” The tale causes Liz to become upset and emotional, and Rachel gradually learns a surprising and devastating fact about her mother’s life.

About the director

Doron Eran (b. 1955, Tel Aviv) began making movies as soon as he finished school. Within just a few years he had produced and directed many internationally awarded films. Among these, White Night won the 1996 Prix de la jeunesse at the Cannes IFF, and Burning Land garnered the Critics’ Prize at the Berlinale. His filmography as a director includes Flash (1986), Back to Freedom (1990) and God’s Sandbox (2002), screened as a world premiere at this year’s Karlovy Vary festival.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Another View
   
Director: Doron Eran
Screenplay: Yoav Halevy, Hanita Halevy
Dir. of Photography: Claudio Steinberg
Music: Aric Rudich
Editor: Shimon Spector
Producer: Yoav Halevy
Production: Open Doors Films Ltd.
Cast: Juliano Merr, Razia Israeli, Meital Duhan, Orly Perel, Sami Samir, Amos Lavi Amnon Fischer, Lutuf Noyser
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