In 1939, Kalman, an ambitious young businessman, leaves Europe to join his sister Samantha in Palestine. She lives with Dov, an idealistic architect obsessed with the Bauhaus style. With their friends, they form a group, which discusses the future Israeli State.
A loose adaptation of Arthur Miller’s novel “Homely Girl, A Life”.

directed by: Amos Gitai

cast: Samantha Morton, Thomas Jane, Luke Holland, Danny Huston, Daphna Kastner, Arthur Miller, Gianni Franco

screenplay: Amos Gitai, Nick Villiers, Marie-José Sanselme

cinematography: Renato Berta

editing: Monica Coleman, Kobi Netanel

set design: Thierry François, Eytan Levy

costume design: Laura Dinulesco

producer: Tilde Corsi, Gianni Romoli, Amos Gitai, Regine Konckier, Jean Luc Ormieres

production: R&C Produzioni, supported by MiBACT, Agav Film (Tel Aviv), Les Films Balenciaga (Paris), Tf1 International (Paris)

distribution: Istituto Luce [Italy]

world sales: Tf1 Studio [France]





film run:



35mm – colour

release date:


festivals & awards:

  • Seminci – Valladolid International Film Festival 2004: Amos Gitai
  • Busan International Film Festival 2001: Section: World Cinema
  • La Biennale di Venezia 2001: in competition
  • Stockholm International Film Festival 2001: Section: Open Zone
  • TIFF – Toronto International Film Festival 2001: Contemporary World Cinema