Film - International Independents Filmfest 2018


Directed by Savi Gabizon


Director: Savi Gabizon
Section: International Independents
Country: Israel
Year: 2017
Language: Hebrew
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Shai Avivi, Asi Levi, Neta Riskin, Yoram Tolledano, Shiri Golan
18+ (no age rating)



Ariel, a well-off, childless man, gets a phone call from his college girlfriend. What she tells him will change his life forever. After they broke up 20 years ago, she gave birth to a child he'd fathered but never known. And now, that child has died in a car accident. What is the right response from a father who never wanted to be one, from a person who misses someone he never knew? An exploration of the hidden aspects of parenthood in a sad comedy full of narrative surprises.

Meet the director


Savi Gabizon

Savi Gabizon, b. 1960 in Haifa, studied film and television at Tel Aviv University. He directed SHURU (1990), LOVESICK ON NANA STREET (1995), and NINA'S TRAGEDIES (2003), which were popular with audiences and critics alike, receiving various Israeli film awards. His latest work, LONGING, was completed in 2017; it premiered at the Jerusalem Film Festival and was shown at the Venice International Film Festival, receiving the audience award at both events. Gabizon is a professor at Tel Aviv University, where he teaches filmmaking and hosts screenwriting workshops.


Screenplay: Savi Gabizon
Director of Photography: Asaf Sudry
Film Editor: Tali Halter Shenkar
Composer: Yoram Hazan
Production Designer: Shachar Bar-Adon
Costume Design: Michal Dor
Sound: Yossi Epelbaum
Producer: Chilik Michaeli, Avraham Pirchi, Tami Leon, Savi Gabizon, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery
Production Company: United Channel Movies
World Sales: Films Boutique