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93 mins

Year of Production: 2017

Hebrew with English subtitles

Written and directed by Matan Yair

CREW

Written and directed by: Matan Yair

Produced by: Gal Greenspan, Roi Kurland, Stanislaw Dzeidzic, Moshe Edry, Leon Edry

Associate Producers:  Maya Fischer, Adi Bar Yossef

Director of Photography: Bartosz Bieniek

Editor: Dov Steuer

Casting Director: Emmanuelle Mayer

Production designer: Nitzan Zifrut

Assistant Directors: Keren Alexandroni

Line Producers: Boaz Vexler, Iris Ben Moshe

CAST

Asher Lax

Yaakov Cohen

Keren Berger

Ami Smolarchik 

Synopsis

17-year-old ASHER has always been the wild troublemaker, from grade school, all through junior high and high school. It’s hard for him to concentrate in class, and he is compelled by a lot of rage and violence; yet he is also endowed with a considerable amount of charm and street-wise. While his oppressive father sees him as a natural successor to the family's scaffolding business, Asher finds a different masculine role model in Rami, his new literature teacher. Feeling he can't take the humiliation his father puts him through anymore, Asher looks up for a change, a new life, a new identity. But when an unexpected tragedy occurs, Asher crosses lines from which there is no turning back.

Director's Biography

Matan Yair (b. 1977) is a filmmaker, an author and a high school history and literature teacher. He's a graduate of the screenwriting program at the prestigious Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem, as well as of the MFA directing program at Tel Aviv University. Matan's literary and artistic work derives from his personal experiences and biography. His documentary film "It is written in your I.D. that I am your Father" (2008) describes a process of growing intimacy between himself and his father, Mordechai, who left home when he was thirteen. The film participated in Haifa International Film Festival's competitive section as well as other film festivals.  Matan's drama "Unseen" focuses on his experience working as a teacher in a class for kids who were rejected from the regular school system. In 2009, Matan published his first novel, which is built as a diary of a teenager who documents one dramatic year of his adolescence. The novel was awarded from the National Library of Israel, described by the jury as a groundbreaking work. "Scaffolding" is his first feature film.

Filmography

It Is Written In Your I.D That I Am Your Father (Documentary Feature Film) - 2008

Unseen (Drama) - 2012

Festivals

World Premiere Cannes Film Festival 2017 - ACID

Critics Jury’s Prize Black Movie, International Independent Film Festival
in Geneva, 2018
Best Actor, Montreal Israeli Film Festival, 2018
Best Israeli Feature Film, Jerusalem Film Festival, 2017
Best Actor, Jerusalem Film Festival, 2017
Best Supporting Actor, Israeli Academy Awards, 2017
Best Debut Feature Award at UK Jewish Film Festival, 2017
Special Mention, Singapore International Film Festival - SGIFF, 2017
Special Mention, Tblisi International Film Festival, 2017
GRAND PRIX – CAMERA OF DAVID FOR THE BEST FILM OF THE FESTIVAL,
Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, 2017
Best Director, Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, 2017