Works in Progress Narrative Session Two: Hanging

Works in Progress Narrative Session Two: Hanging

Israel | 2018 | 180 minutes | Limor Shmila

Tamara is a successful young power broker and a brand new mother to her daughter, Dana. Living an all-consuming lifestyle, Tamara has nearly forgotten she is also a wife, and by definition a lover, to Uri, a fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force. When Uri forces the issue and tries to re-conquer his wife, Tamara's instinctual release of physical force excites them both. Soon they are have turned their extra room into their "game room" and slap by slap build a safe space for sexual escapism that both excites and releases their inner demons. But Tamara has other demands on her body, trying to hold onto breastfeeding Dana as long as possible while also putting in impossible hours at work. The pressure is overwhelming and quickly Tamara's tenuous façade begins shattering with grave repercussions.

Director Biography
One of Israel’s leading casting directors (Sand Storm, Elite Zexer; Big Bad Wolves, Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado; ESAU, Pavel Lungin), Limor Shmila debuted her first feature film as director, Montana, at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2017 to rave reviews. Her second feature, Hanging, is a dramatic continuation of Shmila’s cinematic exploration of identity, intimacy and the power dynamic. “I’m really curious as to how people internationally will react to this couple, how they will emotionally connect and if it speaks to them as couples themselves, as parents,” said Shmila. “I’m always searching for stories that speak to the relationships we bind ourselves in – in my very religious upbringing, there was always a conflict between the man and the woman. I saw that men always wanted to put women under them; be powerful over them. It’s why it was so important to me that this is Tamara’s story, that she is on top.”

Sponsored by Vulcan Productions with assistance from Washington FilmWorks

  • Director: Limor Shmila
  • Country: Israel
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 180 minutes