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Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:92 min
Director:Tali Shalom Ezer
Producer:Elad Gavish
Moshe Edery
Leon Edery
Screenwriter:Tali Shalom Ezer
Cinematographer:Radek Ladczuk
Editor:Neta Dvorkis
Cast:Keren Mor
Ori Pfeffer
Shira Haas
Adar Zohar Hanetz
Print Source:Breaking Glass Pictures
Note Writer:David Fear


On the cusp of puberty, 12-year-old Adar (Shira Haas) is already deep into the girl-you’ll-be-a-woman-soon blues. The fact that her mother’s louche, libidinous boyfriend (Ori Pfeffer) engages in boundary-pushing games with her isn’t helping the confusion; Adar can’t decipher whether he’s a predator or just being playful. Then she brings home an androgynous teen boy (Adar Zohan-Hanetz) who might be a hustler, her doppelganger, or simply a figment of her imagination, and an already sexually charged atmosphere tips towards an inevitable boiling point. A big winner at the Jerusalem Film Festival, writer-director Tali Shalom Ezer’s (Surrogate, MVFF 2011) sophomore feature takes its coming-of-age story to seriously uncomfortable places. But it also introduces an extraordinary new talent in Haas, and establishes Ezer as a bold filmmaker who transforms a tale of broken taboos into something that’s somehow touching, tender, and traumatic all at once.

Co-presented by San Francisco Jewish Film Institute

Additional Information

Tali Shalom Ezer is an award-winning screenwriter and director and a graduate of Tel Aviv University’s Film Department. Princess is her debut feature film, which premiered at Sundance. The script for the film won the Highlight Pitch Award at the Berlinale Talent Project in 2009 and was invited to the Script Development Program at the Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam. Princess also received the award for Best Israeli Feature at the Jerusalem Film Festival in 2014. Shalom Ezer’s previous films include Surrogate (2009), Living Room (2006), and A Summer at Abarbanel (2005).