Filmfest 2016

German Age Rating

Film Website

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.

tags: Women, Motherhood, Religion, Feature film, Urban

Cast: Shani Klein, Avshalom Pollack, Haitham Ibrahem Omari


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

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.