Virgins

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    Virgins

    Vierges

    Directed by

    France, Israel, Belgium

    2018

    90 min

    • Hebrew

    Drama

    Teenage Lana whiles away the hours in her hometown Kiryat Yam, a run-down beachside community on Israel’s Mediterranean coast. She hangs out with a trio of shiftless boys, keeps an eye on her precocious cousin Tamar, and dreams up an impending move to Tel Aviv, all while waiting for the moment when her mother’s café finally bankrupts her family. But the sudden arrival of an attractive writer, Tchipi, may present solution for both boredom and bottom lines: He spins a local myth into a news report of a mermaid sighting offshore—bringing people back to the city’s beaches. Now, the locals just need to turn this mermaid mania into an event big enough to bring hope and excitement back into their lives.

    Awards

    • Best Actress in an International Narrative Feature Film (Joy Rieger) - Tribeca FF
    • FIPRESCI Award - Jerusalem FF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Joy Rieger
    Evgenia Dodina
    Michael Aloni
    Manuel Elkaslassy Vardi
    Rami Heuberger
    Screenplay
    Keren Ben Rafael
    Elise Benroubi
    Cinematography
    Damien Dufresne
    Editing
    Danielle Avizur
    Frédéric Baillehaiche
    Sales
    PYRAMIDE INTERNATIONAL
    Production
    AVENUE B PRODUCTIONS
    Production
    FRAKAS PRODUCTIONS
    Production
    UNITED KING FILMS
    Production
    ARTZA PRODUCTIONS

    Press

    captures the itchy restlessness of coming of age in a town where there’s nothing to do, no trouble to get into.

    Wendy Ide, ScreenDaily

    a film that is tender, full of ideas and not without humour.

    Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

    Keren Ben Rafael

    Keren Ben Rafael

    Israel

    Keren Ben Rafael (Israel) is a writer/director based in Israel and France. She studied Philosophy and French Literature at Tel Aviv University and also graduated in the directing department from La Fémis in 2009. Her short film NORTHERN LIGHTS (2013) was shown in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at the Cannes Film Festival and her documentary BITE INTO LIFE (2013) won the Directing Award in Brazil’s Women Festival and the Special Prize at Marseille Science & Film Festival. Other films of her include I’M YOUR MAN (2011) and ALMOST NORMAL (2009). Her latest feature film THE END OF LOVE (2019) was selected to be a part of the Biennale College Cinema at the 76th Venice International Film Festival.

    Selected Filmography