Nov 9-13, 2017

Bird in the Room

WITH GUEST SPEAKER GUY COHEN

Run Time: 67 mins Israel / USA Language: English

Synopsis

In her brief but prolific life, Tirza Atar, the daughter of celebrated poet Nathan Alterman, composed hundreds of poems and song lyrics, wrote popular children’s books and translated plays for the theater. A beloved and enigmatic part of Modern Hebrew culture, Atar captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. Yet, her fragile beauty and her turbulent life remain shrouded in mystery many years after her tragic death at the age of thirty-six. Davidovich’s lyrical homage details Atar’s prodigious career, the complicated relationship she had with her famous father, and her untimely demise.

The film fuses the fascinating parts of the life and work of this slight woman of prodigious talent, a kind of princess, whose entire being and output were enmeshed in her complicated and charged relationship with her dominant father. The film includes enactments that converge – along with recollections, song segments and photos from the private family albums – into a multilayered emotional and musical journey.

Master of Art Film Festival

The post- film discussion will be moderated by Guy Cohen, an accomplished Theater Director, Professor and Producer who also serves as Director of Cultural Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest United States.

In her brief but prolific life, Tirza Atar, the daughter of celebrated poet Nathan Alterman, composed hundreds of poems and song lyrics, wrote popular children’s books and translated plays for the theater. A beloved and enigmatic part of Modern Hebrew culture, Atar captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. Yet, her fragile beauty and her turbulent life remain shrouded in mystery many years after her tragic death at the age of thirty-six. Davidovich’s lyrical homage details Atar’s prodigious career, the complicated relationship she had with her famous father, and her untimely demise.

The film fuses the fascinating parts of the life and work of this slight woman of prodigious talent, a kind of princess, whose entire being and output were enmeshed in her complicated and charged relationship with her dominant father. The film includes enactments that converge – along with recollections, song segments and photos from the private family albums – into a multilayered emotional and musical journey.

Master of Art Film Festival

The post- film discussion will be moderated by Guy Cohen, an accomplished Theater Director, Professor and Producer who also serves as Director of Cultural Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest United States.

Film Details

ISRAEL/USA, 2015
DIRECTED BY ARI DAVIDOVICH
WRITTEN BY ARI DAVIDOVICH
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY ROTEM YARON
EDITED BY TAL RABINER
MUSIC BY ASSAF AMDURSKY
CAST: ANAEL BLUMENTHAL, DORON TAVORY, ASNAT ZIBIL RUNNING TIME: 67 MINS

COSPONSORED WITH EPOS: THE ART FILM FESTIVAL IN ISRAEL, THE ISRAELI CONSULATE, AND THE JEWISH BOOK AND ARTS FAIR.

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