Zion And His Brother (Zion Ve Ahav) 2009 - Israeli Movie DVD
This moving Israeli film tells the story of Zion and his relationship with his brother. Directed by Eran Merav, Zion And His Brother premiered in 2009 at the Sundance Film Festival where it won best screenplay.
Zion, a 14 year old boy, and his brother Meir who is 17 have a very close relationship. In their broken home, Meir is the father figure for his younger brother. The two live with their dysfunctional mother who dreams of leaving the poor neighborhood where they live with her boyfriend (played by Zahi Grad). The mother, elegantly played by Ronit Elkabetz, cares more about meeting her boyfriend's needs than her sons'.
One day, Zion's shoes get lost in the sea. Several days after, Zion sees his shoes on an Ethiopian kid and hurries up to call his brother. Soon after the two chase the boy - a chase that turns into a terrible accident.
The two brothers decide not to tell anyone about the incident. As questions of loyalty arisethe strong bond between the brothers is put to the test. Finally, the young brother has to examine his life and take responsibility.
The film takes place in the poor neighborhood of Haifa, a northern city in Israel on top of Mount Ha-Karmel. The movie reveals some of the more unbecoming parts of this beautiful city - people live in poverty and violence.
This Israeli film premiered in Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and was highly acclaimed. Sundance Film Festival which has become the home for independent films from around the world was the natural host for this worthy, intimate Israeli film. It was nominated for the best film category and won best screenplay.
Eran Merav (screenplay)
Reuven Badalov, Ronit Elkabetz and Tzahi Grad
Reuven Badalov Reuven Badalov
Ronit Elkabetz Ronit Elkabetz
Tzahi Grad Tzahi Grad
Ofer Hayoun Ofer Hayoun
Liya Lein Liya Lein
- Language: Hebrew with French and English subtitles
- Original Release date: 2009
- Genre: Drama
- Media: DVD Pal (euro) System
- Runtime: 84