Mountain

Israel | 2015 | 83 minutes | Yaelle Kayam

An Orthodox woman finds her world turned upside down by the discovery of a nocturnal marketplace for sex and drugs in an ancient Jerusalem graveyard in this graceful exploration of yearning, featuring a breakthrough performance from Shani Klein.

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Tzvia (Shani Klein), a young Orthodox married woman and the mother of four children, lives at the edge of the Jewish cemetery on Jerusalem's Mount of Olives. Ignored by her husband Reuven (Avshalom Pollak), who spurns her sexual advances, and pitied by the mourners who come to the cemetery, Tzvia endures a lonely existence. One night she storms out of the house in frustration, climbing up the high, grave-pocked mountain, where she comes upon a sex worker who is completing a transaction with her customer. The cemetery by night turns out to be a marketplace for sex and drugs. On another night in the cemetery, Tzvia is menaced by two surly pimps. Disturbed and intrigued, Tzvia tentatively starts to explore the ragged community that gathers nightly for clandestine business in the cemetery. Mountain is not Belle de Jour; Tzvia doesn't go to work. While the bacchanal unfolds around her, she reads from a book of poetry or brings the pimps some home-cooked food. But her daytime world of normalcy is unsettled all the same, leading her to make a decision that has far-reaching consequences. Anchored by a beautiful performance by Klein, Yaelle Kayam's directorial debut is a gorgeous and tender exploration of loneliness, desire, and belonging.

Director Biography
Yaelle Kayam is a filmmaker and a film lecturer. She studied cinema at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. Mountain is her debut feature film.

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  • Director: Yaelle Kayam
  • Principal Cast: Shani Klein, Avshalom Pollak, Haitham Ibrahem Omari
  • Country: Israel, Denmark
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 83 minutes
  • Producer: Eilon Ratzkovsky, Yochanan Kredo, Yossi Uzrad, Lisa Uzrad, Guy Jacoel
  • Screenplay: Yaelle Kayam
  • Cinematographers: Itay Marom
  • Editors: Or Ben David
  • Music: Ophir Leibovitch
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Sarasota Film Festival 2016 (Performance Award, Special Jury Prize)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Films Distribution