Title: Wedding Doll (aka. Hatuna MeNiyar)
Directed by: Nitzan Giladi
Written by: Nitzan Giladi
Starring: Moran Rosenblatt, Assi Levy and Roy Assaf
Release Date: 4/15/2016
Running Time: 82 minutes
Fixated on romantic fantasies, a kindly and strong-willed young woman with a mild mental disability embarks on a relationship — much to the concern of her protective mother — in this assured first feature from director Nitzan Gilady.
Hagit (Moran Rosenblatt) is in love with love. Living with her mother, Sarah (Asi Levi), in a town in southern Israel’s Negev desert, the young woman spends her evenings painstakingly making bridal gowns out of leftover materials from the toilet paper factory where she works. Sarah worries about her daughter: while possessed of remarkable warmth and a great strength of character, Hagit is mildly mentally disabled and doesn’t know how to separate her romantic fantasies from her real life.
When Hagit develops a relationship with the factory owner’s son, Omri (Roy Assaf, also appearing at the Festival in The Kind Words), she begins sneaking out of the house and away from her mother’s protective gaze. When news comes that the factory is to be shut down, Hagit, Sarah, and Omri all have very different ideas about the next steps to be taken in their lives.
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