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Shiva

This surreal drama takes place during the Purim festival. Gabi, a 25-year-old woman, was only five years old when her mother died and she is still haunted by this tragedy.  She makes a living providing catering services and support to mourners during the “Shiva”, the Jewish 7 days of mourning. She is there with the bereaved in their most intimate moments, only to leave them a week later. This film tells the story of the seven days of a “Shiva” for a cellist who played with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.  Gabi finds herself emotionally involved with the family and swept into an intimate relationship.  The spirit of the dead cellist hovers over everyone but Gabi is the only one who is able to communicate with it.

Festivals and Awards:

Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 1995; Special Mention at the San Francisco Film Festival, USA, 1996

Director: Dina Zvi-Riklis

Producer: Eran Riklis, Einat Dvash

Cinematographer: David Gurfinkel

Editor: Era Lapid

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

Cast: Yael Hadar, Sasha Demidov, Eyal Schechter, Shmulik Levi

Script: Dina Zvi-Riklis, Meirav Ben Gurion

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: שבעה

This surreal drama takes place during the Purim festival. Gabi, a 25-year-old woman, was only five years old when her mother died and she is still haunted by this tragedy.  She makes a living providing catering services and support to mourners during the “Shiva”, the Jewish 7 days of mourning. She is there with the bereaved in their most intimate moments, only to leave them a week later. This film tells the story of the seven days of a “Shiva” for a cellist who played with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.  Gabi finds herself emotionally involved with the family and swept into an intimate relationship.  The spirit of the dead cellist hovers over everyone but Gabi is the only one who is able to communicate with it.

Festivals and Awards:

Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 1995; Special Mention at the San Francisco Film Festival, USA, 1996

 

Director: Dina Zvi-Riklis

Producer: Eran Riklis, Einat Dvash

Cinematographer: David Gurfinkel

Editor: Era Lapid

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

Cast: Yael Hadar, Sasha Demidov, Eyal Schechter, Shmulik Levi

Script: Dina Zvi-Riklis, Meirav Ben Gurion

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: שבעה

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