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Ben Zvi Road 67

67 Ben Zvi Road is the address of the Israel Institute of Forensic Medicine. The bodies of 2,500 people, who died of unnatural causes, arrive there every year for an autopsy. Following the Institute’s day-to-day routine provides a kind of x-ray of Israeli society. It is a brutal mirror, reflecting Israel in the most unflattering way imaginable. And yet, as harsh as it may seem, one cannot help but be fascinated by the significance of this gruesome image. By its very nature, the Institute deals with those things that society is determined to conceal. Lying here is the tension between what is taboo and how it is desecrated, between the repulsive and the possible. It offers an intrusively revealing look at the human body.67 Ben Zvi Road is a jarring film that is often unpleasant to watch. Nevertheless, it is a powerful statement about life itself.

Festivals and Awards:

The Golden Tablet Award at Intercom, Chicago, USA, 1999; FIPA, Biarittz, France, 1999; Input, 1999; Art Focus, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel, 1999

Director: Ran Tal

Producer: Ido Zuckerman

Production Company: Roll Communications

Cinematographer: Toby Hochstein

Editor: Boaz Leon

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: דרך בן צבי 67

67 Ben Zvi Road is the address of the Israel Institute of Forensic Medicine. The bodies of 2,500 people, who died of unnatural causes, arrive there every year for an autopsy. Following the Institute’s day-to-day routine provides a kind of x-ray of Israeli society. It is a brutal mirror, reflecting Israel in the most unflattering way imaginable. And yet, as harsh as it may seem, one cannot help but be fascinated by the significance of this gruesome image. By its very nature, the Institute deals with those things that society is determined to conceal. Lying here is the tension between what is taboo and how it is desecrated, between the repulsive and the possible. It offers an intrusively revealing look at the human body.67 Ben Zvi Road is a jarring film that is often unpleasant to watch. Nevertheless, it is a powerful statement about life itself.

Festivals and Awards:

The Golden Tablet Award at Intercom, Chicago, USA, 1999; FIPA, Biarittz, France, 1999; Input, 1999; Art Focus, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel, 1999

Director: Ran Tal

Producer: Ido Zuckerman

Production Company: Roll Communications

Cinematographer: Toby Hochstein

Editor: Boaz Leon

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: דרך בן צבי 67

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