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EYES WIDE OPEN (EINAYM PKUHOT) (EYES WIDE OPEN)

Movie Picture

Un Certain Regard - 1er film
Directed by :
Haim TABAKMAN 
Country:
ISRAEL, GERMANY, FRANCE
Year:
2009
Duration:
91.00 minutes

Synopsis

Eyes Wide Open is a gay love story in the heart of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem.

Aaron (38), a respectable butcher in Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox community, is married to Rivka (28) and a dedicated father to four children.

After his father's death, Aaron is looking for assistance in his business when a handsome and homeless Yeshiva (religious school) student, Ezri (19), comes upon the butcher shop by chance. Aaron decides to be Ezri's patron: he hires him, teaches him the craft of slaughtering, and houses Ezri in the shop's back room. Aaron invites Ezri to meals in his home and introduces him to the community. When they go together to a remote "Mikve" (a sacred ritual bath), an intimate moment occurs between them.
From this moment onwards, Aaron knows no peace. Spending more and more time with Ezri, Aaron starts neglecting his family and community life until he is completely swept away in a whirlpool of love and lust for Ezri.

While Rivka suspects that something is wrong with Aaron, Rabbi Vaisben, (56) a family friend and the head of the community, tries to warn Aaron of the future to come if he won't expel Ezri. But Aaron refuses.
Unwilling to tolerate Ezri's presence, the "Modesty Guards", a radical authority in the Ultra-Orthodox community, threaten Aaron. Under enormous pressure that Rivka and the community operate on him, Aaron comes to a decision to commit an irreversible act….
Haim TABAKMAN

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Production

PIMPA PRODUCTIONS - Rafael KATZ - Allenby St. 14, 3rd floor 63301 Tel Aviv - T : 00972-775 510 212 - F : 00972-774100212 - rafael@pimpafilms.com TOTALLY PROD (FRANCE) RIVA FILM (ALLEMAGNE)

French press

RENDEZ-VOUS - Viviana Andriani - fbg Saint Honoré - T : +33 (0)1 42 66 36 35 - viviana.andriani@wanadoo.fr

International press

RENDEZ-VOUS - Viviana Andriani - du Louvre - T : +33 (0)1 42 66 36 35 - F : +33 (0)1 53 10 33 98 - viviana.andriani@wanadoo.fr - www.filmsdistribution.com

Foreign sales

FILMS DISTRIBUTION - François Yon - du Louvre - T : +33 (0)1 53 10 33 99 - F : +33 (0)1 53 10 33 98 - www.filmsdistribution.com