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The Cemetery Club

Every Saturday a group of elderly women and men carry plastic lawn chairs across the Mount Herzl National Cemetery in Jerusalem. In the shade of an old pine tree, they sit in a circle and discuss various matters. For over two decades, the “Mt. Herzl Academy” has held its weekly meeting at this cemetery. Seated between the graves of the nation’s dignitaries, they debate the history of modern philosophy, read poetry, eat lunch and determine the fate of the Jewish nation. The film reveals the intense, almost impossible, relationship between the members as death decimates the group that has given meaning to their lives and explores the conflicts and the family secrets that haunt them. The result is a poignant, intimate, sometimes hilarious portrait of the Holocaust generation as never seen before.

Festivals and Awards:

Mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa and Cinematography Awards at the DocAviv International Film Festival, Israel, 2006; HotDocs, Canada, 2006; Shanghai Film Festival, China, 2006; Magnolia Award at the Leipzig International Documentary Film Festival, Germany, 2006; Golden Dove Award at the Warsaw International Film Festival, Poland, 2006; Women's Film Festival Rehovot, Israel, 2006; First Prize at Cannes ,2006; One World, Prague, 2007; Director's Award at the Miami International Film Festival, USA, 2007

Director: Tali Shemesh

Producer: Assaf Amir, Guy Lavie

Production Company: Norma Productions

Cinematographer: Shark De-Mayo

Editor: Aliza Esquira

Soundtrack Editor: Aviv Aldema

Original Soundtrack: Rona Kenan, Eldad Guetta

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, Noga Communications – Channel 8

Distributor: IsraeliFilms

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: מועדון בית הקברות

Every Saturday a group of elderly women and men carry plastic lawn chairs across the Mount Herzl National Cemetery in Jerusalem. In the shade of an old pine tree, they sit in a circle and discuss various matters. For over two decades, the “Mt. Herzl Academy” has held its weekly meeting at this cemetery. Seated between the graves of the nation’s dignitaries, they debate the history of modern philosophy, read poetry, eat lunch and determine the fate of the Jewish nation. The film reveals the intense, almost impossible, relationship between the members as death decimates the group that has given meaning to their lives and explores the conflicts and the family secrets that haunt them. The result is a poignant, intimate, sometimes hilarious portrait of the Holocaust generation as never seen before.

Festivals and Awards:

Mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa and Cinematography Awards at the DocAviv International Film Festival, Israel, 2006; HotDocs, Canada, 2006; Shanghai Film Festival, China, 2006; Magnolia Award at the Leipzig International Documentary Film Festival, Germany, 2006; Golden Dove Award at the Warsaw International Film Festival, Poland, 2006; Women's Film Festival Rehovot, Israel, 2006; First Prize at Cannes ,2006; One World, Prague, 2007; Director's Award at the Miami International Film Festival, USA, 2007

Director: Tali Shemesh

Producer: Assaf Amir, Guy Lavie

Production Company: Norma Productions

Cinematographer: Shark De-Mayo

Editor: Aliza Esquira

Soundtrack Editor: Aviv Aldema

Original Soundtrack: Rona Kenan, Eldad Guetta

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, Noga Communications – Channel 8

Distributor: IsraeliFilms

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: מועדון בית הקברות

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