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  • Production: Menemsha Films
    Metro Communications

    Produced by: Avi Nesher, Dudi Zilber, Avraham Pirchi, Tami Leon, Chilik Michaeli, Eviatar Dotan
  • Starring: Adir Miller, Maya Dagan, Tuval Shafir, Dror Keren, Dov Navon, Yarden Bar-Kochba, Neta Porat Bat-el Papura, Kobi Faraj, Tom Gal, Eyal Shechter, Eli Yatzpan
  • Written By: Avi Nesher
  • Distributed By: Menemsha Films
  • Country: Israel
  • Language: Hebrew

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The Matchmaker (Pa'am Hayiti)

Narrative | 2010 | 118 min.
Directed by: Avi Nesher

Arik, a teenage boy growing up in Haifa in 1968, gets a job working for Yankele Bride, a matchmaker. Yankele, a mysterious Holocaust survivor, has an office in back of a movie theater that shows only love stories, run by a family of seven Romanian dwarves in the seedy area by the port. Yankele introduces Arik to a new world, built on the ruins of an old one. As Arik begins to learn the mysteries of the human heart through his work with Yankele, he falls in love with Tamara, his friend Beni's cousin. Tamara has just returned from America and is full of talk of women's rights, free love and rock and roll. The disparate parts of Arik's life collide in unexpected, often funny and very moving ways as he lives through a summer that changes him forever. Avi Nesher's latest film mixes comedy with drama as it tells a coming-of-age story unlike any you've ever seen before.

See more about The Matchmaker at the Israel Film Center

Critical Acclaim

Israeli Film Academy:
*Best Actor
*Best Actress

Chicago International film Festival:
*Best Feature Film
*International Feature Film Competition

Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival:
*Audience Award: Best Feature Film

Israel Film Festival:
*Panavision Audience Choice Award: Best Israeli Film

Toronto International Film Festival

Los Angeles Israeli Film Festival

"The Matchmaker combines the tender tone of a film like Cinema Paradiso with a clear-eyed, street-level vantage on Israel’s summer of the Six-Day War."
-- The Village Voice

"A coming-of-age story that is not only unusual but deeply felt and skillfully made... A thoroughly satisfying rumination on the necessity of love. (Avi Nesher) weaves an entirely believable and yet frequently enchanted milieu... that finds that difficult balance between sentiment and sentimentality."
--The Jewish Week NY

"Beautiful, Honest, Insightful... 'The Matchmaker' is a surprise... as satisfyingly eccentric and unexpected as anything we've seen."
-- Los Angeles Times

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