Off White Lies

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Cast

Gur Bentwich
Elya Inbar
Tzahi Grad
Arad Yeni
Salit Achi-Miriam
Shimon Mimran
Sigal Arad Inbar

Logline

After years of living apart from her dad, Libby, an introverted yet sharp-witted teenager is sent to live with him in Israel. Her arrival coincides with the outbreak of the second Lebanon war. Libby quickly discovers that her Dad, Shaul, is a infantile eccentric, and that he is “in-between apartments” (in other words: homeless). Shaul comes up with a creative plan to put a roof over their heads- they pose as refugees from the bombarded Northern region of Israel, and are taken in by a well-off family in Jerusalem. Finally in a "normal" household, Shaul and Libby begin to build their father-daughter relationship, but their false identities can't last forever, especially as Libby unleashes teenage fury at the lies permeating her life; those she must tell now, and those she's been fed since childhood.

Project Info

Director: Maya Kenig
Script: Maya Kenig, Dana Dimant
Producer: Aurit Zamir, Yoav Roeh
Coproducer: Janja Kralj- Kinoelektron, France
Duration: 86 min
Year: 2011
Status: Released
Format: RED
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English
Partners: Israel film fund, Jerusalem film fund

Credits

DOP- Itai Vinograd. Art Director- Ido Dolev. 1st assistant director - Avishag Leibowitch. Costume designer - Yael Kredo. Make up - Nili Levi. Sound - Michael Gurevitch. lighting - Micki Bardugo.

Shaul and Libby
Shaul and Libby
Shaul and Libby
Shaul and Libby
Shaul and Libby
Shaul and Libby
Shaul and Libby
Shaul and Libby
Helit, Giddi and Shaul
Helit, Giddi and Shaul
Yuval and Libby
Yuval and Libby
Shaul and Libby
Shaul and Libby

Awards

Best Actor, Jerusalem Film Festival 2011 - Gur BentwichSpecial Jury Prize - Annonay Festival 2013Best Film Music Prize - Annonay Festival 2013 

Festivals

Crossroads Coproduction Forum, Thessaloniki 2009. Israeli Competition, Jerusalem Film Festival 2011. Nominated in 7 categories for the Israeli Academy award 2011: best film, best director, best leading role – Gur Bentwich, best supporting actor – Tzahi Grad, best editing, best script, best sound editing. Flash Forward section, Busan International Film Festival 2011, Korea. Women Film Festival 2011, Rehovot, Israel. New Voice New Vision competition, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2012, USA. Generation Programm, Berlinale 2012, Germany.

Director

Maya Kenig studied at the prestigious 'Sam Spiegel Film School' and at the 'London Film School'. Throughout her studies, she was awarded a number of grants for excellence. Her short films “Top of the world” (fiction, 14 min) and “My Mom” (doc, 15 min) were screened at festivals worldwide and broadcast on TV in Israel and Europe. Since graduation she directed "In Utero" (fiction, 36 min), and "Underwater– behind the scenes of Jellyfish". Apart from that she edited "Around trip" (Best short film award, Jerusalem film Festival), "Freeland"(Best Drama award, JFF), "Connected" (Documentary TV series), Screens (Drama TV Series) and many others.