Thunder from the Sea
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    Thunder from the Sea

    Tonnerre sur Mer

    Directed by



    46 min

    • French


    Between night and day, the hills of a village in Israel. The young Dekel tries pulling himself together from a painful break-up. Within the imprecision of a natural backdrop dipped into the sweetness of the moon, he stumbles upon his friend Doron whose lit-up shoes spread light visible kilometres away. Along with two other boys, they are going to spend the night talking away: talk as much as possible, in a final attempt to give life back to what they share. For his first film, Yotam Ben-David is only playing scales: Dekel’s, Doron’s, Udi’s and Rona’s bodies are shot as close as possible to smiles and gestures of barely sketched out seduction, or seem to be so far away like thunder, like tiny bright lighthouses looking for comrades who had not seen each other for a long time. Seated around a circle, the four young men unveil a more secret composition whenever the camera captures them separately, highlighting their mental off-camera and the occasional side glances whose survival out of the frame we know nothing about. Savory drinks and narghile carry the weight of childhood and adult age stories about tough times, of fights and life as homosexuals. When the voices are silent for just a moment, we hear coyotes cry out: an indirect denunciation and evidence that, though words are still flowing, something between the boys is now dissolved. A lucid film, THUNDER OVER SEA does not surrender and keeps blowing, for a fleeting moment, on the narghile’s brand to keep its flame burning.


    • Meta Cultural Foundation Award - FID Marseille



    Dekel Hanuni
    Doron Ben-David
    Udi Brinder
    Ron Galantai
    Ram Ben-David
    Omer Lotan
    Yotam Ben-David


    Yotam Ben-David

    Yotam Ben-David


    Yotam Ben-David was born in Israel in 1987. He studied film at the Jerusalem High School for the Arts and later at the Minshar School of Arts in Tel Aviv, and graduated from both with honors. REMAINS, his graduation film project, which he wrote and directed won Best Short Film at the Jerusalem IFF 2013 and Best Short Film at the Mallorca IFF. His latest medium length film THUNDER FROM THE SEA received post production funding from “Cinemas93”. The film will have its world premiere at FID Marseille 2018. He currently lives in Paris, France where he is developing the script for his first feature-length film titled OVER TIME AND DISTANCE.

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