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The Tale of Nicolai and the Law of Return

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David Ofek / 2008

With humor and irony, in a style of a tale, using an original mix genre language, the film tells the story of a Romanian worker who realizes his Jewish roots can reverse his fortune, once his Palestinian friends reveal to him the amazing advantages of a having Jewish grandmother.


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Running Time: 54 min.
Subject(s): Creative, Globalization, Hybrid, Immigration and Migration, Jewish Studies, Labor, Middle Eastern Studies, Society
Language(s): Hebrew, Romanian
Subtitles: English
Director(s):
Producer(s): Elinor Kowarsky, Edna Kowarsky
Cinematographer: Dror Lebendiger
Editor(s): Arik Lahav–Leibovich
Production Company: Eden Productions

Press

  • For its ironic and critical attitude toward the Law of Return and the status of guest workers in Israel, the Jury appreciated the film's originality and its use of humor in a work that deals with such a sensitive and complicated issue
    The Wolgin Award
    The Wolgin Award, The Jerusalem International Film Festival
  • A human comedy with shadings of satire and irony,
    A film that challenges the traditional definitions of documentary, raising extremely relevant questions about contemporary film-making.
    Uri Klein
    Uri Klein, Ha'aretz
  • The film depicts the absurdity of a would-be ethnic belonging
    The Award of the Marshall
    The Award of the Marshall of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship, dokumentART Film Festival.
  • Jury's Statement
    For its ironic and critical attitude toward the Law of Return and the status of guest workers in Israel, the Jury appreciated the film's originality and its use of humor in a work that deals with such a sensitive and complicated issue.
    The Jerusalem International Film Festival.

Festival & Awards

  • The Jerusalem International Film Festival - 2008
    Best Documentary Award- The Wolgin Award
    Best Documentary Award – The Wolgin Award, The Jerusalem International Film Festival (Israel, July 2008)
  • Vision's du Reel Film Festival - 2009
  • goEast Festival - 2009
    goEast Humanity Aspect Award
  • Syracuse International Film Festival - 2009
  • Official Selection- INPUT - 2009

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  • 6th International Film Festival Jewish Motifs - 2009
  • CRONOGRAF- International Documentary FF - 2009
  • Rodos International Film & Visual Arts festival ECOFILMS - 2009
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - 2009
  • AsterFest Film Festival - 2009
  • Shanghai TV Festival - 2009
  • Festival of Liberties - 2009
  • Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2009
  • Boston Jewish Film Festival - 2009
  • Mediterranean Film Festival in Siroki Brijeg - 2009
    • Audience Award - 10.

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      ART – European Film Festival, 2009
    •  10th Astra FF, 2009
    • Hong Kong Jewish FF,  2009
    • Washington Jewish FF, 2009
    • Best Documentary Award The Israeli Documentary Filmmakers´ Forum Competition, 2009
    • Dallas Video Festival, 2009
    • UK Jewish Film Festival, 2009

     

  • Television Broadcasters
    • YES-docu, Israel
    • Radio Canada, Canada
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