A Film by: Moshe Mizrahi
(Israel, 2007, 93 Minutes, Color, Hebrew, English subtitles, Cast: Sharon Alexander,Hana Meron, Yigal Sade, Oded Teomi)
Weekend in the Galilee, Moshe Mizrahi's latest film (Madame Rosa, Academy Award for Best Foreign Film 1977) is inspired by Chekov's "Uncle Vania". It is above all an Israeli story which takes place during autumn 1996.
Avner, a highly regarded Professor of Art and his young wife, Ilana, come to visit the farm run by Rachel and Shouki (his children from his first marriage) and Menahem (the brother of his deceased wife). Mania, Rachel and Shouki's grandmother, lives with them. She and her late husband established the farm in the 1920's.
Avner is in pain and needs to see a doctor. Rachel calls Joel, a physician and friend of the family, with whom she is in love. However, Joel and Ilana have a secret relationship which began during previous visits to the farm. Menahem is in love with Ilana. Neither Rachel nor Menahem is aware of the secret love affair between Joel and Ilana.
On this occasion the purpose of Avner's visit is that he proposes to sell the farm. This brings to the fore all the latent conflicts in the family.
The film depicts the weariness, the frustrations and pain of large segments of Israeli society, their love of the land and of one another, their dreams and their hopes.
AWARDS, FESTIVALS & SCREENNINGS
• Syracuse International Film Festival
• New York Jewish Film Festival