Beyond the Mountains and Hills

Eran Kolirin

IFFR 2017

Limelight

  • 90'
  • Israel
  • 2016
A family gets entangled in the dark powers that shape life in today’s Israel. Although they mean well: father David can’t find his feet in consumer society after years in the army; mother Rina wants to introduce some beauty and culture to young people as a teacher of literature. Yet they overstep moral boundaries. David accidentally shoots a young Palestinian dead; his wife has an affair with a pupil. Their socially committed, activist daughter Ifat gets involved in illegal activities. And son Omri takes excessive revenge on a fellow pupil. 
This is the result of living in a society where you can only be culprit or victim, according to Eran Kolirin (The Band’s Visit, 2007) in this undercooled drama. He slowly builds up the tension with a classic, sober narrative style that is occasionally interrupted by almost poetic scenes, such as an evacuation exercise at school choreographed as a ballet scene.
Director
Eran Kolirin
Countries of production
Israel, Germany, Belgium
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
90'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Me'ever laharim vehagvaot
Language
Hebrew
Producers
Yochanan Kredo, Eilon Ratzkovsky, Yossi Uzrad, Lisa Shiloach, Guy Jacoel
Production Companies
July August Productions, Entre Chien et Loup, Match Factory Productions
Sales
The Match Factory GmbH
Screenplay
Eran Kolirin
Cinematography
Shai Goldman
Editor
Arik Lahav-Leibovich
Production Design
Miguel Merkin
Music
Asher Goldschmidt
Cast
Alon Pdut, Mili Eshet, Shiree Nadav-Naor, Noam Imber, Yoav Rothman, Ala Dakka, Mohamed Name
Local Distributor
September Film