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APOLLONIAN STORY



Israel, 2013, HD - Color - 69:00

DIRECTED BY:
Dan Bronfeld & Ilan Moskovitch

SCREENPLAY:
Dan Bronfeld & Ilan Moskovitch

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Dan Bronfeld

EDITING:
Tanya Shwarts

SOUND:
Gadi Raz

PRODUCER:
Dan Bronfeld & Ilan Moskovitch

PRODUCTION:
Dan Bronfeld & Ilan Moskovitch

WORLD SALES:
JMT Films Distribution, co-productions & world sales

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Full Synopsis : Forty years ago, while searching for his place in the world, Nissim Kahlon (67) made his home in a limestone cliff under Apollonia National Park, on the North of the Herzliya coast, 15 kilometers North of modern Tel Aviv. Amidst the sound of the waves and the fragile limestone mountain, he dug a cave to live in, to shield him from the heat and cold. For years he lived without electricity or running water. Today the "home" that he built out of anything and everything - rocks, trash, sand - contains countless caves and tunnels, and Nissim insists on continuing to work on it every day. His work never ends. The sea, which he loves dearly, constantly gnaws at his house, threatening his life's work. The unending building also takes a toll - his body aches and betrays him. After years of estrangement Nissim suggests that his son, Moshe (18), who was born in the cave and will soon join the military, move in with him. Nissim wants Moshe to inherit the cave when the time comes. Moshe reenters Nissim's life, and together they work to dig out the cave in which he will live. Through their hard work, a complex relationship between father and son is revealed.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Ilan Moskovitch, born 3 August 1966, Acre, Israel, is a Filmmaker, Producer, Casting Director, Acting Instructor and Mentor. For 15 years, Ilan Moskovitch has been an integral player and a senior partner in the Israeli film industry, where he has been the Producer, Casting Director and Artistic Consultant for some 25 films. In 1995, a meaningful turning point took place for Ilan when he randomly met the internationally known Israeli director Amos Gitai. Ilan served as his personal assistant in the movie Dvarim and from then on, a close friendship developed between them. They have worked together on 20 features thus far, 11 of which them are feature films, among them Yom Yom, Kadosh, Kippur, Eden, Kedma, Alila, The Promised Land, Free Zone, Disengagement,  and most recently, Carmel,  for which Moskovitch served as an artistic consultant and as the casting director. in 1997, Ilan founded Cinemax , a production company, along with the director David Noy, with whom he has produced What Now?, Arlecchino Behind The Masks and Peach.Dan Bronfeld, born 25 March 1986 in Israel, is a director and photographer. He completed his studies at the Screen-Based Arts Department at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. In 2008, after completing his duty has the head of the Stills Photography Department for the IDF Spokesman Unit, he began collaborating with photography agencies across Europe. In 2009 he met the director Amos Gitai and accompanied him as a photographer throughout his latest films.
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