By Ruthy Pribar
Asia is the single mother of 17-year-old Vika. Vika's deteriorating health urges Asia to finally find her voice as a mother and to embrace and cherish their time together.
Script: Ruthy Pribar
Producers: Yoav Roeh and Aurit Zamir
Co-producers: Janja Kralj
Language: Hebrew, Russian
Subtitles: Hebrew, English
Partners: The Israeli Film Fund, The Jerusalem film fund, The new foundation for cinema, Mifal Hapais, The Sam Spiegel Alumni fund
Broadcasters: YES TV
CrewCasting: Esther Kling
Photography: Daniella Nowitz
Editing: Neta Dvorkis
Original Music: Karni Postel
Soundtrack: Shahaf Wagshal
Art Director: Tamar Gadish
Costume Designer: Inbal Shuki
Asia’s motherhood has always been an ongoing struggle rather than an obvious instinct. Becoming a mother at a very early age has shaped Asia's relationship with her teenage daughter Vika. Despite living together, Asia and Vika barely interact with one another. Asia concentrates on her job as a nurse while Vika hangs out at the skate-park with her friends.
Their routine is shaken when Vika's health deteriorates rapidly. Asia must step in and become the mother Vika so desperately needs.
Vika's illness turns out to be an opportunity to reveal the great love within this small family unit.
Tribeca Film Festival 2020 - Winner of 3 Awards!
Nora Ephron award, Best actress award, Best cinematography award
Israeli Academy Awards 2020 - Winner of 9 including Best Picture!
Best film, Best cinematography, Best editing, Best leading actress, Best Supporting actress, Best casting, Best art direction, Best music, Best makeup
Jerusalem Film Festival 2020 - Winner of 3 Awards!
Best debut film, Best actress, Best cinematography
Tribeca Film Festival - International Competition - https://www.tribecafilm.com/films/asia-2020
Ruthy Pribar's Asia, from Israel, won three prizesHilary Lewis, Hollywood Reporter
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"Ruthy Pribar’s first feature avoids obvious sentimental beats and delivers an emotional wallop."Eric Kohn, Indie Wire
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"The maturity of the directorial voice is evident in its clear-eyed, rigorously unsentimental assessment of a shattering situation."David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
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Director - Ruthy Pribar
Born in Israel in 1982, Ruthy Pribar graduated with honors from The Sam Spiegel Film School in 2012. During her studies she received a scholarship from “The America-Israel Cultural foundation” for promising director. Her short films LAST CALLS and THE CAREGIVER have both been screened at many international film festivals, garnering numerous awards. Alongside her work as a film director, Ruthy works as an editor on both fiction and documentary films.
Ruthy has participated with her work at Rotterdam’s CineMart, and is an alumna of the Cannes Festival Residency Program. Her work focuses on delicate moments of human emotions and interactions. ASIA is her debut feature film.