PRESENTED BY THE JCC LENORE MARWIL DETROIT FILM FESTIVAL
A childless Israeli musical couple seeks to form a family in HARMONIA, a contemporary adaptation of the biblical tale of Abraham and Sarah set inside the inner sanctum of a symphony hall.
The beautiful harpist Sarah (Tali Sharon) is married to Abraham (Alon Aboutboul), the charismatic conductor of the Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra. With no children, their melancholy life revolves around their music. Enter Hagar (Yana Yossef), a young horn player of French-Arab descent from East Jerusalem, who joins the orchestra and forms a close personal relationship with Sarah. Their bond gives way to something more fraught, when Hagar offers to carry the couple’s baby. Two rival prodigies are born–one Jewish, one Arab–leading to a metaphoric and multi- generational clash of cultures that can ultimately be reconciled only through music.
Nominated for five Israeli Academy Awards, and winner of the Best Cinematography and Lia Van Leer Jewish Heritage awards at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
Sponsored by Natalie & Manny Charach, Andi & Larry Wolfe
Running Time: 97 minutes
Director: Ori Sivan
Language: Hebrew with subtitles
Winner – Haggiag Award and Van Leer Award for Best Cinematography, Jerusalem Interantional Film Festival, Israel, 2016
Winner – Lia Van Leer Award for Films about Jewish Heritage, Jerusalem Interantional Film Festival, Israel, 2016
Nominated – Best Supporting Actress, Yana Yossef, Best Cinematography, Yaron Scharf, Best Art Direction, Shunit Aharoni, Best Costume Design, Ofir Hazan, Best Sound, Itai Elohev, Aviv Aldema, Awards of the Israeli Film Academy, 2016