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Sunday, February 19

3:00 p.m.

Director Level Sponsored Screening


Wedding Doll

Director: Nitzan Gilady

2015/Israel/82 minutes


Hebrew, English with English Subtitles


Sterling performances highlight the sensitive and heartbreaking story of a mentally disabled but strong-willed young Israeli woman who struggles for independence.
The radiant Moran Rosenblatt (Apples from the Dessert – 2016 DJFF) won the Israeli Academy Award for her portrayal of an impossible dreamer who lives with her loving but overprotective mother in a Negev desert town. Socially alienated by a childhood brain injury, Hagit finds escape in designing bridal gowns and dolls out of leftover materials from the toilet paper factory where she works. All too aware of life’s cruel disappointments, her divorcée mother Sarah worries that her daughter cannot separate her romantic fantasies from real life. These aching emotional dynamics culminate in the film’s final act, as the factory’s closure threatens Hagit’s inflated dreams of marrying the boss’ handsome son. –Atlanta Jewish Film Festival


Wedding Doll is the recipient of 9 Israeli Academy Award nominations, and wins for both Best Actress and Best Costume Design. It also received awards at the Jerusalem International Film Festival for Best Supporting Actress and Best Israeli Debut Feature for first-time writer/director Nitzan Gilady. Gorgeously filmed, with sweeping wide shots of the Negev, and vibrating with the pulse of an enormous heart, this film has screened at dozens of international and Jewish film festivals all over the world.  Denver Premiere.