Filmfest 2016

Haim-Aaron is a bright, Ultra-Orthodox religious scholar living in Jerusalem. His talents and devotion are envied by all. One evening, following a self-imposed fast, Haim-Aaron collapses and loses consciousness. The paramedics announce his death, but his father takes over resuscitation efforts and, beyond all expectations, Haim-Aaron comes back to life. After the accident, try as he might, Haim-Aaron remains apathetic to his studies. He feels overwhelmed by a sudden awakening of his body and suspects this is God testing him. He wonders if he should stray from the prescribed path and find a way to rekindle his faith. The father notices his son’s changed behavior and tries to forgive him. He is tormented by the fear of having crossed God’s will the night he resuscitated his son.

tags: Family, Society, Religion, Guilt, Feature film

Cast: Aharon Traitel, Khalifa Natour, Riki Blich, Gur Sheinberg, Omri Fuhrer


Screenplay: Avishai Sivan

Director of Photography: Shai Goldman

Film Editor: Nili Feller, Avishai Sivan

Production Designer: Amir Yaron

Costume Design: Malky Fogel

Sound: Aviv Aldema, Alfred Tesler

Producer: Ronen Ben-Tal, Avishai Sivan, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery

Production Company: Tikkun the movie limited parternship, United King Films

World Sales: Bleiberg Entertainment

Director: Avishai Sivan


Avishai Sivan (born 1977 in Israel) is a filmmaker, visual artist and published author. His first feature film, THE WANDERER, premiered at Cannes 2010 in the Directors’ Fortnight section and won Best First Feature and Best Cinematography at Jerusalem 2010. His video work VISA won Best Independent Film at Cinema South Festival 2013. Doc SOAP OPERA OF A FROZEN FILMMAKER, a seven-part video diary, won Best Experimental Film at Jerusalem 2007. In 2010, he received the Israel Ministry of Culture Cinema Prize. His first book, "Musings on Filmmaking whilst Cycling through the City", was published in 2011. TIKKUN won the Silver Leopard Special Jury Award at Locarno 2015 and Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography & Best Actor (Khalifa Natour) at Jerusalem 2015.