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Wandering Eyes

The musical and soul-searching journey of Gabriel Belhassan, musician, former orthodox Jew and recently diagnosed with manic depression. After being released from a mental institution he began working on a solo album. But leaving his family and moving to Tel Aviv frightens him – the urban solitude, pressure, disturbed sleep and totality of the music bring on the disease again. His manic attacks have him standing on the brink of sanity, reaching out to God, just as he did when he was a child. Refusing to give up, he struggles to finish the album and receive the artistic acclaim he so desperately wishes for.

Festivals and Awards:

Best Documentary for a Promising Young Director - Israel Documentary Forum Awards, 2010; Best Film Award - Docaviv International Film Festival, 2010; Transit International Documentary Film Festival, Poland, 2011; FIPA-Biarritz, France 2011; Reelabilities Film Festival, New York, 2011

Director: Ofir Trainin

Producer: Shahar Ben-Hur

Production Company: Clemantina Films

Cinematographer: Roey Roth

Editor: Eyal Tsarfati

Original Soundtrack: Gavriel Belhassan

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television; Keshet Channel 2

Distributor: Ruth Diskin Films

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: גם כשעיניי פקוחות

The musical and soul-searching journey of Gabriel Belhassan, musician, former orthodox Jew and recently diagnosed with manic depression. After being released from a mental institution he began working on a solo album. But leaving his family and moving to Tel Aviv frightens him – the urban solitude, pressure, disturbed sleep and totality of the music bring on the disease again. His manic attacks have him standing on the brink of sanity, reaching out to God, just as he did when he was a child. Refusing to give up, he struggles to finish the album and receive the artistic acclaim he so desperately wishes for.

Festivals and Awards:

Best Documentary for a Promising Young Director - Israel Documentary Forum Awards, 2010; Best Film Award - Docaviv International Film Festival, 2010; Transit International Documentary Film Festival, Poland, 2011; FIPA-Biarritz, France 2011; Reelabilities Film Festival, New York, 2011

Director: Ofir Trainin

Producer: Shahar Ben-Hur

Production Company: Clemantina Films

Cinematographer: Roey Roth

Editor: Eyal Tsarfati

Original Soundtrack: Gavriel Belhassan

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television; Keshet Channel 2

Distributor: Ruth Diskin Films

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: גם כשעיניי פקוחות

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