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Shake Your Cares Away

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(Shake Your Cares Away)

99 mins

Year of Production: 2021

Hebrew, English, French, Russian and Arabic with English subtitles


Written and directed by: Tom Shoval

Co-writer: Dan Shoval

Produced by: Gal Greenspan, Roi Kurland, Maya Fischer, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery

Co-Producers: Sol Bondy, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Fred Burle, Natalia Mokritskaya, Mila Rozanova

Director of Photography: Daniel Miller, Ziv Berkovich

Editor: Michal Oppenheim

Casting Director: Orit Azulay

Production designer: Carmela Sanderson

Assistant Directors: Tamar Menashes, Harel Itscovitch

Line Producers: Boaz Vexler, Thomas Alfandari


Bérénice Bejo

Yuval Mendelovich

Anna Stephan

Daniel Brusovani

Hila Cohen

Zeev Tene


The unexpected death of Noah Arbel, an Israeli tycoon, leaves his newly wed Alma as the richest widow in Israel. She inherits his fortune and his monumental villa in Caesarea.  When she encounters a desolate homeless woman and her baby, her vision of her surroundings sharpens, and her conscious is awakened. She invites them into her villa and pays for all their needs. With this act of kindness, she feels that she found her calling, causing her to raise the stakes even higher, becoming a 'savior' to the refugees and lost souls of the country, . These acts of radical philanthropy give Alma her lost sense of purpose but is also exposing her to systems of dark forces, interests and exploitation.

Director's Biography

Tom Shoval was born 1981 in Israel. He graduated from the Sam Spiegel School for Cinema and Television in 2007. His short films "The Hungry Heart", "Shred of Hope" and "I will drink my tears", screened at film festivals around the world, winning numerous prizes. His first feature film "YOUTH" gained great success both critically and with the audience. "YOUTH" premiered at the 2013 Berlinale Panorama, and was screened in more than 100 festivals around the world including: Karlovy Vary, New Directors New Films New York, Hong Kong Film Festival, London BFI, Tokyo Filmex, Warsaw IFF and many others. The film was nominated four times at the Israeli Ophir Awards including best Director section, won the New Talent Grand Prix at the Taipei Film Festival, and also three major prizes in the Jerusalem Film Festival including best film. Tom also created a TV series in Israel and co-wrote the short film Aya, nominated for the best live action short OSCARS® 2015.

In 2014, Tom received the prestigious Rolex Mentorship Initiative, for which he was personally chosen by the acclaimed director Alejandro Gonzales Iñarritu. In the last two years, the two have been working together on their films- Iñarritu on "The Revenant" and Shoval on his second feature film "Shake Your Cares Away".


2002- (Van Gogh in Tel Aviv (16 min. Fiction.Video

2005- The Hungry Heart (13 min. Fiction.16 m"m)

2007- (Shred of Hope (26 min. Fiction.16 m"m

2008- (That's the Spirit (15 min. Video-Art. Video

I will Drink My Tears (15 min. Fiction. Video)- 2011

YOUTH (107 min. Fiction. Video/ 35 m"m)- 2013


The Jerusalem Film Festival 2021

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