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"MELTING SIBERIA"



Israel, 2004, DVCAM - Color - 72

DIRECTED BY:
IDO HAAR

SCREENPLAY:
IDO HAAR

PRODUCER:
ASSAF AMIR & YOAV ROEH

WORLD SALES:
FIRST HAND FILMS- ESTHER VAN MESSEL

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Marina was born 57 years ago in what was the Soviet Union. Marina's father, a hero of the Red Army, abandoned her mother while she was pregnant and disappeared somewhere in the Siberian Steppes. The love that Marina's mother had for the man who deserted her never waned. The film begins with Ido, the director (who is Marina's son, and bears a striking resemblance to his grandfather), deciding to locate his lost grandfather. It is a dramatic and fateful call from which there is no retreat. The film, full of dramatic and intoxicating Russian culture, traces a painful journey that comes full circle and attempts to fill a void that the years have not breached.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Ido Haar was born in 1974 in Jerusalem. He graduate of the Sam Spiegel Film School, Jerusalem. The short films: "Step by Step" and "Tricks" which he directed as a student participated in Wolgin competition of the Jerusalem film festival and participated in 13 film festivals around the world. Recently he has been working as a therapeutic guide at Summit, a psychosocial rehabilitation institute for adolescents in Jerusalem.. His first Long documentary "Melting Siberia" got a Special Mention, at the Jerusalem Film Festival 2004.

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