Youth

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    Youth

    Directed by

    Israel, Germany

    2013

    107 min

    • Hebrew

    Drama

         

    Yaki and Shaul are two teenage brothers who share a strong, almost telepathic connection.
    The brother's 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 now 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.

    Awards

    • Best Actor - Durban IFF
    • Best Feature, Best Editing, Best Actor - Jerusalem IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    David Cunio
    Eitan Cunio
    Moshe Ivgi
    Shirili Deshe
    Gita Amely
    Screenplay
    Tom Shoval
    Cinematography
    Yaron Scharf
    Editing
    Joelle Alexis

    Director's Statement

    My intention is portraying Yaki and Shaul’s connection and point-of-view to the viewers. I want to show how social realities affect their connection to each other and test it. For example, the fact that the brothers share a bedroom due to the family only being able to afford a small apartment requires them to share intimate experiences that deepen their connection.
    I also intend to explore the meaning of being a good son. From the brother's perspective, desperate times call for desperate measures – they commit violent actions in an attempt to save their family. The line between devoted brothers who are the pride of their parents and the boys who hold a terrified girl hostage is almost non-existent.
    What begins as a realistic family drama turns into a kidnapping film. It is an attempt to shake the foundations on which the traditional drama rests. Youth is an angry film. Its goal is to raise questions about artistic interpretation and to take a moral position that questions our assumptions about cinema and society. Most of all, the film depicts the texture of everyday life in Petah Tikva, my home town, and shines a light on the Israeli middle-class, a population that is being eroded by recent government reforms and accelerated capitalism.

    Production
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    Press

    "Youth," is a difficult film to shake, thanks to a hauntingly observational yet emotional approach touching on far more than a simple kidnapping story.

    Variety

    Somewhere in between a coming-of-age drama, social comment and tentative thriller, Tom Shoval’s first feature film takes its audience through an unpredictable journey whose intentions seem to be constantly shifting all the way to the very end.

    Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily

    A small but original Israeli film sets a crazy tale in a believable social world.

    Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

    Tom Shoval

    Tom Shoval

    Israel

    Israeli Filmmaker Tom Shoval has won rave reviews for his sharp visual style and storytelling abilities. In 2007, he graduated with honours from Jerusalem’s Sam Spiegel Film & Television School. The founding-director of the school Renen Schorr, described him as “one of the most significant and committed talents I have ever seen”.
    Shoval’s award-winning short films, have been screened at film festivals worldwide. His debut feature, YOUTH (2013), a social drama and thriller depicting the challenges of middle-class life in Israel, gained great success both critically and with the audience. It premiered at the Berlinale and won a number of prestigious awards, among which Best Film at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
    AYA, a short film he co-wrote was nominated for the 2015 Academy Awards. Academy Award winner Alejandro González Iñárritu has personally chosen Shoval as his protégé and is now following Shoval’s new feature film development and production process.