Fiction

BATMAN AT THE CHECKPOINT

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2012
A short film by Rafael Balulu

In collaboration with the Berlinale Talent Campus I Berlin Today Award 2012 and Black Sheep Film Productions Israel
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

★ Winner of the Berlin Today Award 2012


SYOPSIS
An Israeli car and a Palestinian car are stuck in traffic in front of a barricade at the entrance of Jerusalem, coming from the Dead Sea. Yuval and Mahmoud, both boys six years old, find that it is much more fun to pass the time playing with one another. But when Mahmoud's father tries to cut into the other lane, Yuval's father bumps into Mahmoud's car in attempt to prevent him, and things start to get complicated. What began as a game becomes a outright battle for a plastic Batman doll.


CAST
Yoav Saadian Rosenberg
Michel Abou Maneh
Roy Turgeman
Sharon Ingrid Stark
Raida Adon
Nisso Khayia


TEAM
Script: Rafael Balulu I Ayelet Gundar
Director: Rafael Balulu
Producer: Martin Heisler
Junior Producer: Ruth Ersfeld
Executive Producers: Saar Yogev I Naomi Levari I Rotem Faran
DoP: Moshe Mishali
Set Design: Tal Bernstein-Rainer
Costume Design: Yaron Arye
Make Up: Inbal Rutenberg
Sound: Boris Molchanov
Music: Yuval Halpern
Editing: Clemens Walter I Mirja Gerle
Casting: Esther Kling


WORLD PREMIERE
Int. Film Festival Berlin 2012

FESTIVALS 2012
• Galilee Short Film Festival, Israel  
• UK Jewish Film Festival London, UK  
• Diaspora Filmfest Toronto, Canada
• Cinematheque Tel Aviv & Haifa, Israel   

FESTIVALS I AWARDS 2013
• Washington Jewish Film Festival, USA
• Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, USA
• 15th Brussels Jewish Film Festival, Belgium
• San Diego Jewish Film Festival, USA
• REGARD sur le Court Métrage au Saguenay Québec, Canada
• Cinematheque Herzeliya, Israel
• 36. Grenzland Filmtage Selb
• Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival, USA
• Maine Jewish Film Festival, USA
• 21st Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Canada
• Skepto International Film Festival, Italy
• Lecce Festival del Cinema Europeo, Italy
• 20Min/Max Kurzfilmfestival Ingolstadt
• MADE in MED, Short Film Contest, Euromed Audiovisual, Online Festival
• Jewish Motifs International Film Festival Warsaw, Poland
• Lviv International Film Festival Wiz Art, Ukraine
• International Documentary and Short Film Festival – Dokufest, Republic of Kosovo
            ★ winner of the "YOUTH Award"
• 7th Annual Other Israel Film Festival, New York USA
• 25. Istanbul International Short Film Festival, Turkey