PRESENTED BY THE JCC LENORE MARWIL DETROIT JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Sterling performances highlight the sensitive and heartbreaking story of a developmentally disabled but strong-willed young Israeli woman who struggles for independence.
The radiant Moran Rosenblatt (Apples from the Dessert) won the Israeli Academy Award for her portrayal of an impossible dreamer who lives with her loving but overprotective mother in a Negev desert town. Socially alienated by a childhood brain injury, Hagit finds escape in designing bridal gowns and dolls out of leftover materials from the toilet paper factory where she works. All too aware of life’s cruel disappointments, her divorcée mother Sarah (Assi Levy) worries that her daughter cannot separate her romantic fantasies from real life. These aching emotional dynamics culminate in the film’s final act, as the factory’s closure threatens Hagit’s inflated dreams of marrying the boss’ handsome son (Roy Assaf).
Nominated for nine Israeli Academy Awards, WEDDING DOLL also scored big at the Jerusalem International Film Festival, with Best Supporting Actress honors for Levy and Best Israeli Debut Feature prize for first-time writer-director Nitzan Gilady.
Co-sponsored by Terry & Martin Hollander, National Council of Jewish Women - Greater Detroit Section
Running Time: 82 minutes
Director: Nitzan Giladi
Language: Hebrew, English
Nominated – Grand Jury Prize, Annonay International Festival of First Films, 2016
Winner – Best Actress, Best Director, Best Film, Best Costume Design, Israeli Film Academy, 2015
Nominated – Best Supporting Actress, Best Casting, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Israeli Film Academy, 2015
Winner – Haggiag Award for Best Actress, FIPRESCI Prize for Israeli First Film, Pirchi Family Award for Best First Feature, Jerusalem Film Festival, 2015
Nominated- Haggiag Award for Best Israeli Feature, Jerusalem Film Festival, 2015
Nominated – Sutherland Award for First Feature Competition, London Film Festival, 2015