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A Place in Heaven

Makom Began Eden

Israel | 2013 | 117 minutes | Yossi Madmony

The fateful contract between a secular Israeli army officer and a devout young Holocaust survivor has profound and unexpected consequences in this epic yet intimate portrait, spanning four decades, from director Yossi Madmony (Restoration).

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In striking images, Yossi Madmony (Restoration)’s newest is an allegorical epic spanning the history of Israel over the course of three wars, but with a father-son story as its conflicted center. Religious ideals, familial goals, and longed-for love are the high stakes of this personal drama, which radiate outward through larger societal tensions. It’s a composite of stories inspired by several real-life generals whose controversial military and later political records are debated to this day. A Place in Heaven is concerned with a tenet of Jewish religious law that allows a person to trade in their place in for something preferable—and implicitly secular. That’s what occurs when a brave officer nicknamed Bambi, like a flawed hero of the Old Testament, returns from a mission and is met by a young army cook, a religious Holocaust survivor who believes that there’s a special place in heaven for those who sacrifice as Bambi does in battle. He offers the soldier a month’s worth of his favorite meal in exchange for his heavenly seat. The non-believing Bambi is happy to oblige. The result has profound and unexpected consequences. Eventually, Bambi’s son Nimrod, disgusted by his father’s implication in war crimes, goes in the other direction, turning to other father figures for mentorship in how to live as a religious Jew. Madmony’s interweaving shows brilliant depth and tenderness in telling an epic, yet intimate, tale.

Director Biography

Born in Jerusalem, Yossi Madmoni graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in 1993.  Madmoni has won two Israeli Academy Awards for his work on "Bat-Yam New-York" and Melanoma My Love. He has since served as the Chairman of the Israeli Writers Guild and in 2011 won the Best Screenplay Award at the Sundance Film Festival and Best Film at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

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Director: Yossi Madmony
Principal Cast: Alon moni Aboutboul, Tom Graziani, Rotem Zisman-Cohen, Keren Berger
Country: Israel
Year: 2013
Running Time: 117 minutes
Producer: David Mandil, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery
Screenplay: Yossi Madmony
Cinematographers: Boaz Yehonatan Yacov
Editors: Arik Lahav Leibovich
Music: Ophir Leibovitch
Filmography: Restoration (2011); Melanoma ahuvati (2006); The Barbecue People (2003)
Language: Hebrew
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
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