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YEAR 2014

SECTION World Cinema Dramatic Competition

COUNTRY Israel

RUN TIME 92 min

LANGUAGE Hebrew

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

Adar, an androgynous 12-year-old girl, lives in a small apartment with her mother, Alma, and her young stepfather, Michael. The three co-exist in an unconventional and intimate way, with Adar often slipping into bed to sleep with Alma and Michael. While Alma is at work, Adar’s close relationship with the unemployed Michael has taken a dark turn, involving gender-bending role-playing games that turn fantasy into violation. As Adar’s home life turns increasingly intrusive, she begins to search for help outside, but discovers she must retreat into a new friendship with Alan, a waifish boy who looks startlingly like her, in order to cope.

In her astonishing, bold first feature, writer/director Tali Shalom-Ezer unflinchingly dramatizes disturbing subject matter and shows the extreme and insidious ways it affects her characters. She goes deep into the psyche of her young protagonist (Shira Haas, in a performance of quiet strength and maturity) and implicates the adults in a profound way. Atmospheric and highly aestheticized, Princess beautifully tells an unsettling story about self-preservation in the wake of lost innocence. —K.Y.


COMPANY Marker Films

WEBSITE http://www.markerfilms.com​

EMAIL office@markerfilms.com​

PHONE +972-54-541-4281

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Artist Bio

Director/screenwriter Tali Shalom Ezer was born in Israel. She graduated from the Tel Aviv University Film Department, where she currently teaches.PRINCESS is her debut feature film. Shalom Ezer’s previous films include: Surrogate (2009), 58 minutes, Best Feature, International Women's Film Festival Rechovot, Special Mention FEMINA, Official Selection Edinburgh Film Festival; Living Room (2006), 19 minutes, Cannes Film Festival; and A Summer at Abarbanel (2005), 60 minutes, documentary, second prize for Best Film at DocAviv.