Death of a Poetess

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Israel | 2017 | 75 minutes | Dana Goldberg, Efrat Mishori

The narratives of two women—an emotionally troubled Israeli writer presenting her publisher with an unexpected new work, and a Palestinian lesbian under intense interrogation-gradually converge in a poetically crafted, noir-inspired character drama.

"Its true-to-life portraits will strike an immediate chord of recognition with woman viewers, though it should also interest LGBT and Mideast-interest audiences." Deborah Young - The Hollywood Reporter

On a fateful evening in Tel Aviv, the lives of two women—and their powerful stories—intersect. Lenny, a 50-year-old Israeli filled with regret, has just completed a manuscript titled "Death of a Poetess." This achievement seems to have given her some relief, but also carries with it a certain finality. Yasmin, a 30-something Palestinian, works as a nurse, and regularly leaves her husband and young daughter to come to a gay-friendly bar on the beach. When they meet, they strike up an intense and wide-ranging conversation—about poetry, about motherhood, about their lives. While in many ways very different people, the two have more in common than one might think, and the evening grants them a moment of unexpected intimacy. When that moment has passed and the women have gone their separate ways, Yasmin finds herself at a police station being interrogated by an officer who seems determined to make her confess to a crime she didn't commit. Shot in black and white, this chamber drama offers a poignant evocation of the ways in which human beings connect with and diverge from one another, never fully knowing what the impact might be.

Director Biography
Dana Goldberg is an Israeli director, writer and producer and graduate of the HaMidrasha School of Art, Beit Berl College. She currently lives in Tel Aviv and teaches film at the Ma'aleh School of Television, Film and the Arts in Jerusalem.

Efrat Mishori is an Israeli poet with a PhD in literature. She has published seven volumes of poetry including "As Far as Efrat" and "Bites of Little Fish". She teaches at the School of Visual Theater in Jerusalem. 

Sponsored by Comcast, Big Gin

  • Original Language Title: Mot HaMeshoreret
  • Director: Dana Goldberg, Efrat Mishori
  • Principal Cast: Evgenia Dodina, Samira Saraya, Y. Goldberg
  • Premiere Status: North American
  • Country: Israel
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 75 minutes
  • Producer: Dana Goldberg
  • Screenplay: Efrat Mishori, Dana Goldberg
  • Cinematographers: Asi Oren, Irit Sharvit
  • Editors: Katia Shepeliavaya
  • Music: Henree and Nikka, Moshe and Sandra Choresh, Efrat Mishori, Kolibris
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Goldberg: ; Love Letter to Cinema (2014); Alice (2012); ; Mishori: ; Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Hebrew, Arabic
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP