In this Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Picture, Egyptian Jewish teen Sami (Ofer Shalhin) relocates with his widowed mother in 1946 to Tel Aviv, where the young intellectual fends for his siblings while forging his independence in a nascent homeland. Though a promising student, Sami puts aside books to work in a factory, finds kinship among the laborers, and — to his mother’s dismay — with Sonia (Michal Bat-Adam), an older Russian librarian.
Moshé Mizrahi (Hebrew: משה מזרחי, born 1931 in Alexandria, Egypt) is an Israeli film director.
He has directed 14 films in both Israel and France. Three of his films were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, I Love You Rosa, The House on Chelouche Street, and Madame Rosa, with the latter winning the award. His landmark film, Les Stances a Sophie, had gone practically unseen for twenty eight years until 2008 when it was re-released and profiled in The FADER by Alexander Geoffrey Frank.
In September 1994, he was honored by the Haifa Film Festival for his lifetime contribution to Israel cinema.
As of March 2009, Mizrahi lives in Tel Aviv, leading film-making workshop in Tel Aviv University’s film school. His wife, Michal Bat-Adam, is a film director as well as an actress, and played lead roles in several of Mizrahi’s films. Today, she teaches acting classes at Tel-Aviv University. —Wikipedia