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Cutting the Pain

In March 2002 an IDF tank ran over an explosive device in Gaza killing three soldiers. Matan Berman, the dog handler who accompanied the unit, became shell-shocked following this tragic event. A few weeks later he started to complain of horrendous pain in his leg, which was subsequently diagnosed as CPRS, a mysterious pain syndrome. The slightest touch – the whisper of wind or a drop of water – now causes him pain that can only be contained with the use of large doses of morphine. Seven years later, Matan decides to put the past behind him, and to amputate his leg.

The film reveals layer by layer the soul of a man who fights for his life and keeps coming up against inner demons that give him no peace. The surprising finale awakens speculation about the complicated connections between body and soul.

Festivals and Awards:

Haifa International Film Festival, Israel, 2011

Director: Yonatan Nir, Zafrir Gelman

Producer: Amir Harel, Ayelet Kait, Yonatan Nir, Zafrir Gelman

Production Company: Lama Films

Cinematographer: Yonatan Nir

Editor: Taly Goldenberg

Original Soundtrack: Issar Shulman

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

Script: Yonatan Nir, Zafrir Gelman

Distributor: Go2Films

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: לחתוך את הכאב

In March 2002 an IDF tank ran over an explosive device in Gaza killing three soldiers. Matan Berman, the dog handler who accompanied the unit, became shell-shocked following this tragic event. A few weeks later he started to complain of horrendous pain in his leg, which was subsequently diagnosed as CPRS, a mysterious pain syndrome. The slightest touch – the whisper of wind or a drop of water – now causes him pain that can only be contained with the use of large doses of morphine. Seven years later, Matan decides to put the past behind him, and to amputate his leg.

The film reveals layer by layer the soul of a man who fights for his life and keeps coming up against inner demons that give him no peace. The surprising finale awakens speculation about the complicated connections between body and soul.

Festivals and Awards:

Haifa International Film Festival, Israel, 2011

 

Director: Yonatan Nir, Zafrir Gelman

Producer: Amir Harel, Ayelet Kait, Yonatan Nir, Zafrir Gelman

Production Company: Lama Films

Cinematographer: Yonatan Nir

Editor: Taly Goldenberg

Original Soundtrack: Issar Shulman

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

Script: Yonatan Nir, Zafrir Gelman

Distributor: Go2Films

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: לחתוך את הכאב

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