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A family of Russian immigrants is going through the absurd Israeli immigration bureaucracy

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Immigration and Absorption Go2Films

The year is 1991. The beginning of the massive Jewish immigration wave from the USSR to Israel. 12 years old Misha is documenting his family's journey on a home-video camera. The already traumatic immigration experience is enhanced up to absurd proportions when the family's old aunt dies on the plane just before they reach the land of their ancestors. Now, the family will have to go through various levels of bureaucracy with an immigrating corpse. Using his great comic talent, director Leon Prudovsky, who immigrated to Israel from the USSR, is coping with his own immigration traumas.

A film by Leon Prudovsky


Youth Jury Award, Clermont-Ferrand ISFF 2013
Best Short Film, Golden Apricot - Yerevan IFF 2013
Best Short Film, Best Actress, NY Picture Start IFF 2013
Best Short Film, New Jersey IFF 2013
Best Independent Short, Tel Aviv SIFF 2013
Best Short Film, Audience Award, TV Acquisition Rights Award, Panoazorian IFF 2013
Grand Prix, International Film Festival Nancy Lorraine
Audience Award, Kaliber ISFF 35, Munich
Best Script, La Cabina Film Festival, Spain
Silver Bird, Seoul International Drama Awards
Montpellier International Mediterranean FF -CINE+ Award
Grand Prix, International Film Festival Nancy Lorraine
Best Short Film, Jameson CineFest International Film Festival, Miskolc, Hungary
Special Mention, Haifa IFF 2012
Special Mention, 17th Thai Short Film and Video Festival
Special Mention, 8th International Short Film Festival "Vilnius Film Shorts 2013
Audience Choice, Sao Paolo Short Film Festival
Shnit International Short Film Festival - Final Nominee
Israeli Academy Awards - Final Nominee

Director & Screenplay: Leon Prudovsky

Producers: Estee Yacov-Mecklberg, Haim Mecklberg

Produced With The Help Of: Cinema Project - Rabinovich Film Fund Gesher Film Fund, The Second Authority For Television And Radio

Cinematographer: Israel Friedman

Editor: Evgeny Ruman

Sound Designer: Michael Gurevich

Cast: Gera Sandler, Ola Schur-Selektar, Irit Kaplan, Eigal Adika

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