Cesare is a photographer in his forties, who devotes all his energies to the conquest of women, using sex to justify his existence. Thirty-year-old Israel dreams of learning to play the organ but does nothing to achieve this aim and prefers to let Cesare, with whom he lives, support him. Goldman is a little older. He is a lawyer, who lives with his parents and dreams of a great love that will give meaning to his life. The film is a superb portrait of Tel Aviv, a city swept by the hamsin, a desert wind that can drive people crazy, pushing them into either depression or acts of frantic hedonism. —Thessaloniki Film Festival
Born in Haifa in 1950, as the second son of architect Munio Weinraub and former Sionist activist Efratia Margalit. On the year of his birth, his parents changed the family name to “Gitai”, which is the Hebrew translation of the German name “Weinraub”. While he was a student in architecture, Amos Gitai joined the Yom Kippur war in 1973 as a reserve duty officer, and served as part of a helicopter rescue team. While serving during the war, he started filming with a 8mm camera his mother gave him as his birthday present. On his 23rd birthday, October 11th 1973, his helicopter was shot down by a Syrian missile. Among the 7 crews on board, 6 of them survived, including Gitai himself, who was inspired by this traumatic experience to quit architecture and move to filmmaking. He made a documentary on this incident and his fellow survivors, “Kippur: War Memories” in 1993, then a fictional recreation of it “Kippur” in 2000.
in 1979, Gitai directed his first feature-length documentary… read more