Israel 2013, 104’ | Director, Screenplay Vidi Bilu | DoP Shai Goldman | Editor Joelle Alexis | Sound Aviv Aldema | Production Elad Gavish | Cast Reymonde Amsellem, Ye- hezkel Lazarov, Hana Laslo, Yael Ben-Dor, Anna Dubrovitsky | Distribution Marker Films

Jerusalem, 1966. The year before the outbreak of the Six-Day War. In a crumbling old building in the centre of the city, on the third floor, lives a small family. Eli, the father, is at work all day. His wife Ruthy is locked up inside her own world and spends her days in bed, reading the thick novels her husband brings her from the library. Michal, their eleven-year-old daughter, is lonely and bored and seeks attention from the other tenants and attractions around the building. One day, when Ruthy decides to get out of bed, the apparent peace and serenity of the house is violated.

The director and screenwriter Vidi Bilu was born 1959 in Jerusalem. She first studied photography at Hadassah College in Jerusalem, then film at Beit Zhi Art School of Arts, also in Jerusalem. Since graduating in 1998, she has made several promotional films – with clients including Mifal HaPayis (the Israeli National Lottery) and the Israeli Green Party. She has also worked as an editor and producer. Her debut film Close to Home, which she co-directed with Dalia Hagar, won the CICAE Award at the International Film Festival in Berlin 2006, the prize of the Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d‘Art et Essai. A year previously, it won the prize for Best Screenplay at the Jerusalem International Film Festival 2005. All in all, the film has been nominated at more than 30 film festivals, including the Miami Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Vidi Bilu
Feature film