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  • Production: Tami Leon, Daniel Baur, Chilik Michaeli, Avraham Pirchi, Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Oliver Simon, Franziska An der Gassen, Guy Cohen, Eric Heumann, Micha Shagrir, Marc Sillam, Bill Stephens
  • Starring: Itzik Cohen, Shaul Azar, Dvir Benedek
  • Written By: Sharon Maymon, Danny Cohen-Solal
  • Distributed By: Menemsha Films
  • Country: Israel
  • Language: Hebrew, Japanese

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A Matter of Size

Narrative | 2009 | 92 min.
Directed by: Erez Tadmor, Sharon Maymon

A group of obese people from the Israeli city of Ramla is fed up with their strict diet regime. But when Herzl, one of them, starts working as a dish washer in a Japanese restaurant, he is exposed to the world of Sumo through Kitano, the restaurant manager and a former Sumo coach in Japan. Herzl falls in love with the Sumo world and persuades Kitano to coach him and his obese friends in a sport and culture where their size is to their advantage. One by one, Herzl's friends leave their dieting club and discover the world of Sumo, where fat people like them are honored and appreciated. Through Sumo, they connect to themselves and their fat bodies, each one in his or her individual way.

 

Learn more at the Israel Film Center

Critical Acclaim

"An amusingly lightweight Israeli comedy about rebellious fatties who decide to use their heft for a greater purpose, A Matter of Size will have you ordering your popcorn with extra butter and refusing to feel guilty about it." - Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

"Herzl's approach might not be great for one's cholesterol or blood pressure, but it brings up an intriguing idea, one that isn't talked about often...: Maybe it would be better to be fat and happy than thin and miserable." - Rachel Saslow, Washington Post

*Won: Alpe d’Huez International Comedy Film Festival: Grand Prix—Feature Film; Special Jury Award—Feature Film

*Won: Israeli Academy Awards: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume Design

*Nominated: Israeli Academy Awards: Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Music, Best Sound

*Won: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival: Audience Award

*Won: Sarlat International Cinema Festival: Prix Aquitane—Feature Film, Prix Decouverte—Feature Film

 

*Won: Washington Jewish Film Festival: Audience Award—Favorite Feature Film

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