Avishai Sivan

2010 The Wanderer
2013 Visa
2015 Tikkun

A filmmaker, visual artist and published author, his first feature film, The Wanderer, premiered at the Cannes IFF 2010, in the Directors’ Fortnight section. His second film Visa, won Best Independent Feature Film at the Cinema South Festival 2013. His documentary film, Soap Opera of a Frozen Filmmaker, a seven-part video diary, won Best Experimental Film at the Jerusalem Film Festival, 2007. In 2010, he received the Israel Ministry of Culture Cinema Prize. His first book, Musings on Filmmaking whilst Cycling through the City, was published in 2011. He also exhibits artwork in galleries and museums in Israel and abroad.

Open Horizons

Tikkun / Avishai Sivan

Haim-Aaron is an ultra-Orthodox religious scholar from Jerusalem whose talent and devotion are envied by all. One evening, following a self-imposed fast, he collapses and loses consciousness. The paramedics announce his death, but his father, refusing to let him go, takes over resuscitation efforts and, beyond all expectations, Haim-Aaron comes back to life. After the accident, the scholar remains apathetic to his studies. He suddenly feels a strange awakening in his body and suspects that God is testing him. When his father notices these changes in his son’s behavior, he tries to forgive him, tormented by the fear that he has crossed God’s will when he resuscitated him.
(The word ‘Tikkun’ in everyday Hebrew means ‘improvement.’ In Judaism it refers to a soul returning to the living world in order to rectify an unresolved issue from its past life.)

Director:Avishai Sivan
Script:Avishai Sivan
Cinematography:Shai Goldman
Editing:Nili Feller, Avishai Sivan
Sound:Aviv Aldema
Costumes:Malky Fogel
With:Aharon Traitel (Haim-Aaron), Khalifa Natour (father), Riki Blich (mother), Gur Sheinberg (Yanke)
World Sales:Bleiberg Entertainment, USA T. +1 310 273 1034,
Production Design:Amir Yaron
Producer:Ronen Ben Tal, Avishai Sivan, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery
Production:The Mouth Agape,Israel, Israel & Plan B Productions ltd., Israel Τ. +972 54 6649771 & United King Films
Production Country:Israel
Format:DCP B&W
Production Year:2015
Best Israeli Feature Film, Best Script, Best Cinematography, Best Actor – Jerusalem IFF 2015, Israel
Silver Leopard (Special Jury Prize), Special Mention for the
cinematographyDon Quijote Prize of the Premio FICC/IFFS – Locarno IFF 2015, Switzerland
Screening Schedule
FRIDA LIAPPA:Monday, November 09, 2015 - 22:30 | ID:347
JOHN CASSAVETES:Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 12:30 | ID:453
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 19:30 | ID:626