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  • Production: Pimpa Film Productions, Ltd., Arte, Israel Film Fund,
  • Starring: Tinkerbell, Isaac Charry, Zohar Strauss, Ran Danker
  • Written By: Merav Doster
  • Distributed By: New American Vision
  • Country: Israel
  • Language: Hebrew

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Eyes Wide Open

Narrative | 2008 | 90 min.
Directed by: Haim Tabakman

Aaron, an ultra-Orthodox butcher, is happily married with four children and a loving wife. But when he hires a handsome but homeless young man, Ezri, as an apprentice, he finds there to be something more between them than just a friendship. As Aaron and Ezri begin a sexual relationship, Aaron finds himself torn between his wife, his community, his God--and his intense feelings for his apprentice. And the forces opposing his relationship continue to grow.

See more about Eyes Wide Open at IsraelFilmCenter.org

Critical Acclaim

*Nominated - Israel Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor, Best Costume Design

*Won - John Schlessinger Award
*Won - Ghent International Film Festival - Grand Prix
*Chicago International Film Festival  
*Jerusalem Film Festival 
*Palm Springs International Film Festival 
*Stockholm Film Festival

Haunting, languorously paced tale of a doomed Orthodox Jewish gay couple—a father of four, and the young man he hires as an apprentice in his butcher shop—eschews sentimentality and pathos, instead letting body language and the dusty, gloomy streets of Jerusalem shape the story. - New York Magazine

It moves slowly and patiently through the ordeal of a single soul, illuminating in the process a cosmos of intense and hidden feeling.

-A.O. Scott, New York Times

The unusually subtle yet eloquent debut of Israeli director Haim Tabakman...

 

-Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

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