Year of Production: 2013
Hebrew with English subtitles
Written and directed by Tom Shoval
Written and directed by: Tom Shoval
Produced by: Gal Greenspan, Roi Kurland, Moshe Edery Co-produced by: Sol Bondy, Jamila Wenske
Director of Photography: Yaron Scharf
Editor: Joel Alexis
Casting Director: Orit Azoulay
Production designer: Carmela Sanderson
Sound design: Gil Toren
Yaki and Shaul are two teenage brothers who share a strong, almost telepathic connection. Their family is suffering from an overgrowing debt, which has caused their father to fall into a deep depression. The brothers feel that they can't just stand on the sidelines while their family falls apart. Till recently, they were helpless. But now with Yaki's enlistment to the army, like every other 18 year old Israeli boy, he is given a rifle. This rifle gives the brothers the power they need to act and at once they are transformed from helpless teenagers into men.
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, played at film festivals around the world, winning numerous prizes. His first feature film Youth gained great success both critically and with the audience. It was nominated four times at the Israeli Ophir Awards (Israeli Academy Awards) including the best Director section and won the Jerusalem Film Festival.
In 2014, Shoval received the prestigious Rolex Mentorship Initiative, for which he was personally chosen by the acclaimed director Alejandro Gonzales Iñarritu.
Youth has been screened at more than 50 festivals around the world including Berlin Film Festival, London BFI, Hong Kong Film Festival, Karlovy Vary, Tokyo Filmex, New Films New Directors FF New York, and many others. The film also won the grand prize at the Taipei Film Festival 2013: the New Talent Award, and won three major prizes at the Jerusalem Film Festival 2013 including best film.
I Will Drink My Tears (16 min. Fiction. Video) – Post Production – 2011
That's the Spirit (15 min. Video-Art. Video) – 2008
Shred of Hope (26 min. Fiction.16 m"m) – 2007
The Hungry Heart (13 min. Fiction.16 m"m) – 2005
Van Gogh in Tel Aviv (16 min. Fiction.Video) - 2002
Berlinale- Berlin Film Festival 2013
Taipei Film Festival 2013: the New Talent Award
Jerusalem Film Festival 2013- three major prize including best film
London BFI 2013
Hong Kong Film Festival 2013
Karlovy Vary 2013
Tokyo Filmex 2013
Warsaw IFF 2013
Sofia IFF 2014
New Films New Directors FF New York 2014