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Harmonia


General Information

Israel, 2016 | Drama, 98 min.
Director: Ori Sivan
Producer: Mosh Danon

 

"Refined and elegant, well-directed and starred in, it is a film full of layers and interpretations,

undoubtedly interesting and challenging."

Italian review in Convenzionali by Gabriele Otaviani

Synopsis

Harmonia is a modern adaptation of the mythological triangle between the childless Abraham and Sarah and young Hagar. Sarah is the harpist of the Jerusalem Philharmonic; Abraham is its almighty conductor. When Hagar, a young horn player from East Jerusalem joins the Western Side Orchestra, she bonds with Sarah and a unique friendship evolves between the two women. Hagar, feeling Sarah’s pain from not having children, offers to have a baby for her from Abraham, shaking the thin balance in the family. The biblical adaptation later develops to an emotional clash between the born son Ben a 12 year old phenomenal pianist and his two mothers. Harmonia uncovers the metaphoric emotional roots of the ancient conflict between the two peoples living in Jerusalem, now seeking harmony through a dramatic encounter between Western and Eastern music.


Awards and Festivals

Awards

Winner of the Audience Award, Shalom Europa, Alsace Festival of Isralei Cinema, France, 2017

Winner of the University of Nicosia Student Jury Award, Cyprus Film Days, Cyprus, 2017

Winner of The Van Leer Award for Best Cinematography, Jerusalem Interantional Film Festival, Israel, 2016

Winner of The Lia Van Leer Award for Films about Jewish Heritage, Jerusalem Interantional Film Festival, Israel, 2016

 

Festivals

Shalom Europa Alsace Festival of Israeli Cinema, France, 2017

Montreal Israeli Film Festival, Canada, 2017

Winnipeg Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2017

Jewish Motifs- Warsaw, Poland, 2017
Nairobi Sherkea Israeli Film Festival, Kenya, 2017
Washington Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
Marblehead Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
SERET International Film Festival, UK, 2017
Detroit Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2017
Grand Rapids Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
Cyprus Film Days, Cyprus, 2017
Pittsburgh Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
Baltimore Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
New Jersey Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
Seattle Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
Festival du Cinéma Israélien de Paris, France, 2017
Gainesville Jewish Film Festival (Jewish Council of North Central Florida) , USA, 2017
Westchester Jewish Film Festival (Jacob Burns Film Center) , USA, 2017
Chattanooga Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
Houston Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
Embassy of Israel in Zagreb , Croatia, 2017
Ft. Lauderdale Jewish Film Festival (Broward FL) , USA, 2017
Denver Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
Fort Myers Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USA, 2017
Worcester Jewish Community Center, USA, 2017
Göteborg International Filom Festival, Sweden, 2017
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
Miami Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
Embassy of Israel in Zagreb, Croatia, 2016
Other Israel Film Festival, USA, 2016

Official Competition- Jerusalem Interantional Film Festival, Israel, 2016


Credits

Director: Ori Sivan

Producer: Mosh Danon

Produced with the help of: The Rabinovitch Foundation for the Arts – Cinema Project, Israel Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Israel Film Council, Keshet Broadcasting, The Jerusalem Film & Television Fund at the Jerusalem Development Authority, Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, The AVI CHAI Foundation

Broadcaster: Keshet Broadcasting

Screenplay: Ori Sivan

Director of Photography: Yaron Scharf

Editor: Ayelet Gil-Efrat
Sound designer: Aviv Aldema

Cast:

Sarah- Tali Sharon
Abraham- Alon Moni Aboutboul

Hagar- Yana Yossef

Daod- Ali Suliman

Ben- Itai Shcherback

Yitzhak- Tamir Tavor

Ismail- Liron Amram

Production Designer: Shunit Aharoni

Costume Designer: Ofir Hazan

Casting Agent: Galit Eshkol

Chief Make Up Artist: Liat Sheinin

Original Music by: Yaniv Fridel and Ofer (OJ) Shabi
Sound Recordist: Itay Elohav    

 

Original Language: Hebrew, Arabic

Subtitles: English

 

Quotes

Italian review in Convenzionali by Gabriele Otaviani


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"[A] joyously uplifting documentary.” - Linda Barnard, The Toronto Star 

“It’s nothing short of a triumph.” - Jordan Hoffman, The Times of Israel 

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**** - The Guardian 

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