October’s Online Short: SABBATICAL

October 5, 2016

October’s Online Short, finds Lily, a teacher in her Sabbatical year, living on a Kibbutz. She is having hard time adjusting to her year off while life at school goes on without her. Her attempt at finding something else to do, at all costs, brings her to an unexpected showdown.

Dir. Noa Gusakov, Israel, 2015, 9 min, Hebrew w/ English subtitles.

Q&A with director Noa Gusakov

What inspired you to make this film?

The film was part of a “Shnat Shmita” (the Jewish Sabbatical year custom) project of the Gesher Multicultural Film Fund. I was seeking for the thing that attracts me the most in this costume, that I feel the strongest connection to, and I realized that one the main things in this costume- is that you suppose to rest. As an artist my work defines me, I love my job and If I have to take a rest form it without my will- I’m unhappy. This feeling inspired me to write this story.

What was your greatest challenge during the filmmaking process?

The last scene! We shot on December and Lirit, the lead actress had to go into water. She was freezing and I was extremely thankful.

Any thoughts you’d like to share about screening this film in a Jewish context?

I’m very excited about it, especially because this film was inspired by a Jewish costume. I’m not sure how “Jewish” this story really is, and I believe that it could work in a different culture as well, but the Kibbutz environment and the characters are very Jewish in their way.

What film/media has inspired you lately?

The TV series FARGO is brilliant, I love every aspect of it- script, actors, cinematography, music, production design- everything. This is perfect filmmaking for me.

What do you do when you’re not filmmaking?

I always try to travel between my projects, either with or without my films- the world is so big and there is so much to see.

Lastly, gefilte fish: delicious, or disgusting?

DELICIOUS! What can I do? I’m 100% Ashkenazi.

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