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Directed by Tsivia Barkai Yacov

Israel 2018 90 mins. In Hebrew with English subtitles

Benny’s hair is as red as the fur of her devout father’s treasured calf—which he believes will bring salvation. But the 17-year-old feels as lonely and trapped as the calf in its enclosure. Benny’s mother died giving birth to her, and she grew up alone with her caring yet patriarchal father—a figure of authority and a mentor for many people in their Jerusalem religious community, but of whose religious, utopian nationalism Benny becomes increasingly critical. Meanwhile, there’s Yael: the self-confident young woman who has set off a whirlwind of longing and emotions in Benny. Avigayil Koevary powerfully portrays the defiance and desire of a young woman in Tsivia Barkai Yacov’s debut feature film.



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