Iris Zaki’s Unsettling and Tali Shemesh and Asaf Sudry’s The Candidate are among the titles selected for competition in the 20th edition of Docaviv, the Tel Aviv International Documentary Festival.
Fifteen Israeli documentary titles have been selected from 78 submissions for this year’s Israeli Competition, which will see one winner presented with the Howard Gilman Award of US$20,000 (NIS 70,000).
Other honors at the festival include the Mayor’s Award for best debut film, and accolades for editing, cinematography and best original score.
In total, the largest documentary film festival in Israel will screen nearly 120 new local and international documentaries.
Among them them are the Israeli premiere of Zaki’s Unsettling (pictured), which follows the filmmaker into the heart of a West Bank settlement for a firsthand look into the lives of locals; and Shemesh and Sudry’s world premiering The Candidate, which follows Israeli politician Moshe Kahlon throughout the duration of his 2015 election campaign for a seat in the minister’s office.
Also screening in competition are the world premieres of Jane Bibi’s A Perfect Housewife, documenting the filmmaker’s journey to understand the complex relationship between her mother and the men of her family; Ofir Trainin’s Family in Transition, which chronicles one family’s attempts to cope with their father’s gender transition; and Yochay Rosenberg’s The Wounded Healer, documenting a senior clinical criminologist’s career of treating sex offenders, past and present.
Elsewhere, the international Depth of Field competition, which focuses on films that blend documentary and cinematic language, will see three Israeli films debuting, including Daniel Mann and Sasha Litvintseva’s Salarium, exploring the entanglement of economic and geological forces around Dead Sea sinkholes; Gilad Baram and Adam Kaplan’s experimental film The Disappeared, examining an action-drama feature film produced by the Israeli Army; and Amir Yatziv’s Standby Painter, which tells the story of artist Robert Z, the Poznan Art Museum and the attempts to copy Claude Monet’s “Beach in Pourville”.
The 20th annual Docaviv fest takes place at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque and other locations around Tel Aviv from May 17 through May 26.
A full list of Israeli films in competition at the 20th Docaviv festival can be found here.