Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires

The Ben Zaken family is composed of brothers Shlomi and Leon, their mother Dina, and Shlomi’s daughter Ruhi. Ruhi is eleven, and she’s nothing but trouble. Yes, she lacks a mother, or a mother figure, and her father has doubts about her choices. Ruhi –the extraordinary Rom Shoshan– and her family have plenty of grimness in their lives, in the projects-like apartment where they live in the rather unglamorous suburb –to use a euphemism– of Ashkelon, a coastal city in Southern Israel. There are some fine sand beaches nearby, but the Ben Zakens practically don’t go there. Their life is hard, rough, troubled. The environment Efrat Corem describes in her opera prima doesn’t seem to offer any attractive horizons. With remarkable maturity, the director’s style of fixed and sustained shots allows her to establish a respectful distance, stress the actors’ sober performances, and thread a clear narration that is apt to see the hardships of her characters first hand, without ever betraying them.

Year: 2014
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Minutes: 90
Seconds: 0

D, G: Efrat Corem

F: Shafir Sarussi

E: Nisim Massas

S: Michael Gorevich

P: Itai Tamir

CP: Laila Films


Rom Shoshan, Eliraz Sade, Mekikes (Ronen) Amar


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Efrat Corem Israel

She was born in Ashkelon, Israel, in 1979. She studied Film and Television at the Sapir College, and presented the short film Your Younger Daughter Rachel as his thesis work in 2006. She’s the artistic director of the Cinema South Film Festival in Sederot since 2009. Ben Zaken is her first feature-length film.

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