by Tom Shoval
Drama, 107 minutes, 2013
World Premiere: 2013 Berlin Film Festival (Panorama)
“This study of brotherly attachment and fraternal psychology broadens into a tough-minded generational portrait that subtly addresses many aspects of contemporary Israeli life.“
Yaki and Shaul are two teenage brothers who share a strong, almost telepathic connection. The brothers’ family is suffering from an overgrowing debt which led to a deep depression of their father. The brothers feel that they can’t just stand on the sidelines while their family falls apart. Up until now they were helpless, but with Yaki’s enlistment to the army, like every other 18 year old Israeli boy, he is given a rifle. This rifle gives the brothers the power they need to act and from helpless teenagers they become men.
DIRECTOR: Tom Shoval
Tom was born in 1981 in Israel and is a filmmaker, film critic and a teacher. He made award winning short films including The Hungry Heart, Shred of Hope and I will drink my Tears, which participated in numerous festivals around the world. He graduated with merit from the “Sam Spiegel” School for cinema and television in 2007. Youth is Shoval’s debut feature film.
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