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A Place in Heaven (Ha’makom be Gan Eden)

, 2013

“Madmony’s ambitious screenplay masterfully merges the epic and the anecdotal. His protagonist, like the flawed heroes of the Old Testament, registers as recognisably human.” – Variety

Toronto Film Festival 2013. From the director of Restoration (2011)

This is a story of epic, biblical proportions that spans 40 years of Israel’s modern history, the mythology behind the new country’s heroism and the power of allegory in determining national and personal identity. But at its core, this is a film about the complicated relationship between a father and a son. Israeli director Yossi Madmony has created a stunningly cinematic, character-driven portrait of a man looking back at his life, his decisions and their weight.

Returning from a daring mission, a fired-up, brazen, hungry soldier, says he would happily trade his place in heaven for shakshuka. Forty years later he is a retired general on his deathbed. His estranged son, an ultra-orthodox Jew, tries to save his soul.

118 mins/ Hebrew (English Subtitles)
Director — Yossi Madmony
Category — The Situation (Hamatzav)