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Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:120 min
Premiere Status:US
Director:Avishai Sivan
Producer:Ronen Ben Tal
Avishai Sivan
Screenwriter:Avishai Sivan
Cinematographer:Shai Goldman
Editor:Nili Feller
Avishai Sivan
Cast:Aharon Traitel
Khalifa Natour
Riki Blich
Gur Sheinberg
Note Writer:Peter L. Stein


A fascinating, slow-burn of a film, Tikkun depicts the gradual untethering of a young ultra-Orthodox scholar in Jerusalem. Haim-Aaron is painfully shy, obsessive in his faith, and utterly disconnected from his body. But after a terrifying near-death experience, Haim-Aaron starts to change. The mysteries of his suddenly reprieved body and soul express themselves in surreal ways that confound him and upset his father, who fears God’s will was obstructed when his son survived. Director-writer Avishai Sivan, in an assured debut, films his sparse tale in beautifully composed black-and-white shots, lending Tikkunthe ironic title means “fixing” or “repair”the timeless aura of an ancient Hasidic fable, albeit a disturbing, hallucinatory one. A standout at the recent Jerusalem Film Festival, Tikkun won awards for best Israeli feature, cinematography, screenplay, and actor (the marvelous Palestinian Israeli Khalifa Natour, playing the Yiddish-speaking father). Note: contains some graphic sexual imagery.

Additional Information

Born in 1977 in Israel, Avishai Sivan is a filmmaker, visual artist, and published author. His film Tikkun won the Silver Leopard Special Jury Award at the 2015 Locarno Film Festival, with a Special Mention for Cinematography and the IFFS Don Quixote Prize. Tikkun also won Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Actor (for Khalifa Natour) at the 2015 Jerusalem Film Festival. Sivan’s first feature film, The Wanderer, premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and won Best First Feature Film and Best Cinematography at the 2010 Jerusalem Film Festival. His second film Visa, won Best Independent Feature Film at the 2013 Cinema South Festival. Sivan’s documentary, Soap Opera of a Frozen Filmmaker, a seven-part video diary, won Best Experimental Film at the 2007 Jerusalem Film Festival. In 2010, Sivan received the Israel Ministry of Culture’s Cinema Prize. His first book, Musings on Filmmaking Whilst Cycling through the City, was published in 2011. Sivan is currently developing his next feature film, The Pirate, a spy thriller based on the novel The Smell of Blue Light by Nir Hezroni. Sivan also exhibits artwork in galleries and museums in Israel and abroad.