Film - International Independents Filmfest 2016


Directed by Yaelle Kayam


Director: Yaelle Kayam
Section: International Independents
Country: Denmark, Israel
Year: 2015
Language: Hebrew
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Shani Klein, Avshalom Pollack, Haitham Ibrahem Omari
18+ (no age rating)



A devout Orthodox Jewish woman lives with her family at the edge of the Jewish cemetery on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives. During the day, while her husband and children are at school, she is left alone on the mountain. She goes for walks in the cemetery, trying to escape her daily routine of house work. One night, out of frustration, she storms out of the house, climbing the cemetery, running wherever her feet will carry her. To her surprise, she is exposed to an unsettling sexual scene. Stirred by this image, she starts exploring this new realm of the mountain, while trying to keep a normal face during her daytime routine. Until she can't anymore.

Meet the director


Yaelle Kayam

Yaelle Kayam was born in Tel Aviv in 1979 and studied film at Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne and at Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem. Her short DIPLOMA about an odyssey through Hebron on the way to the Palestinian University screened in the Cinéfondation sidebar in Cannes 2009 and won the award for best screenplay and the Prix Interculturel at the Munich Filmschoolfest 2009. MOUNTAIN is her first feature film.


Screenplay: Yaelle Kayam
Director of Photography: Itay Marom
Film Editor: Or Ben David
Composer: Ophir Leibovitch
Production Designer: Neta Dror
Costume Design: Hila Glick
Sound: Peter Albrechtsen, Itzik Cohen
Producer: Eilon Ratzkovsky, Yochanan Kredo, Lisa, Yossi Uzrad, Guy Jacoel
Production Company: July August Production
Co-Producer: Riina Spørring Zachariassen, Vibeke Windeløv, Stinna Lassen
Co-Production Company: Windelov/Lassen Production
World Sales: Films Distribution