An Israeli Love Story

General Information

Israel, 2017 | Fiction, 93 min.
Director and Producer: Dan Wolman


"With sensitivity and simplicity Wolman weaves the love story between the two young idealists into the pivotal moments that gave birth to the state. He pours honest romantic content into this cynicism free relationship from the country's age of innocence."

Nachum Mochiach, Habama



An Israeli Love Story is based on the true story of the love affair between Pnina Gary, from Nahalal, and Eli Ben–Zvi, son of Rachel Yanait and Yitzhak Ben-Zvi the Second President of the State of Israel.
The film is set during the turbulent period of pre-state Israel. Margalit meets Eli on a bus and falls in love with him instantly. She tries to get close to him but he's too busy with the Palmach. Finally, the barriers come down, Margalit moves in with Eli, they set a date for their wedding, but Israel's harsh reality intervenes.

Awards and Festivals


Best Actress Audience Award to main actress Adi Bielski at The Golden Rooster, One Hundred Flower Festival ("The Chinese Oscar")



Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, USA , 2018
Miami Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2018
Embassy of Israel in Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2017
Embassy of Israel in Zagreb, Croatia, 2017
SERET Santiago, Chile, 2017
Pitigliani Jewish Film Festival, Italy, 2017
New Jersey Israeli Film Series, USA, 2017
LA Israeli Film Festival, USA, 2017
TIRANA International Film Festival, Albania, 2017
Caracas Jewish Film Festival, Venezuela, 2017
SERET Amsterdam, Holland, 2017
Saarbruecken Jewish Film Festival, Germany, 2017
Australia International Jewish Film Festival,
Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center, USA, 2017
Cleveland Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
Embassy of Israel in Moscow, Russia, 2017
Israeli Film Festival, Macedonia, 2017
Cineprod Israeli Film Festival, France, 2017
Shalom Europa Film Festival, France, 2017

Montreal Israeli Film Festival, Canada, 2017

Sherkea Israeli Film Festival, Kenya and Uganda, 2017

Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2017

Bangalore International Film Festival, India, 2017

Competative Section- The Golden Rooster, One Hundred Flower Festival ("The Chinese Oscar")


Director: Dan Wolman
Producer: Dan Wolman
Produced with the help of: The Israel Film Fund, Reshet – Noga Ltd.
Broadcaster: Reshet – Noga Ltd
Screenplay: Dita Guery
Cinematographer:  Ran Aviad
Editor: Shoshi Wolman
Sound designer: Eva Spitkovski
Cast: Adi Bielski, Aviv Alush, Maya Wertheim, Issac Hizkiyah, Alex Anski, Amir Mugrabi, Sharon Friedman

Original Language: Hebrew

Subtitles: English



"Dan Wolman's new film avoids melodrama and sentimentality, and reinforces his stature as the most important independent filmmaker in Israeli cinema." Uri Klein, Haaretz
'Unlike nationalistic-heroic films, "An Israeli Love Story" has a woman at its center, and its story is pathos free. With a great score and fine cinematography, veteran director Dan Wolman has filled the film with beautiful moments. Wolman shows that Zionistic films don't have to be loud manifestos, and can be made with the quiet and modesty characteristic of his other work." Shmulik Duvdevani,

"A thrilling and impressive cinematic experience", Marat Parkhomovsky, Cinematheque

"An Israeli Love Story is a new and artistic feature film by Dan Wolman – a moving period piece – the story of a romance set in 1947 during the tumultuous period of the end of the British Mandate...
As in many of Wolman’s previous films, An Israeli Love Story is a strikingly human portrayal set against the backdrop of an historical period, mixing a private story with the national narrative...  the fact that the film is based on a true story makes it particularly poignant and authentic".
Amy Kronish, Israeli Film and Filmmakers


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 "Inspirational filmmaking of the first order.” - Peter Debruge, Variety 

“Astounding and thoroughly inspirational.” - Peter Debruge, Variety 

"A soulful salute to a distinctly 21st-century phenomenon that's also an old-fashioned fairy tale come true.” - Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter 

"Thru You Princess is pure positivity.” - Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

 “It's almost impossible not to be charmed by guileless, good-hearted Princess Shaw herself and her real-life Cinderella story.” - Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter 

“Compelling and inspiring.” - Steve Pond, The Wrap 

“One of the Toronto Film Festival’s wildest true stories.” - Steve Pond, The Wrap 

“Inspiring. An essential tale for the digital age.” (A-) - Eric Kohn, Indiewire

 “Touching. Offers an upbeat alternative to gloomier looks at identity in the digital age." - Eric Kohn, Indiewire 

“A total delight.” - Kase Wickman,

 "Thru You Princess would have all the Facebook likes if it popped up on BuzzFeed tomorrow.” - Matt Patches,

 “[Princess] Shaw is such a vibrant, authentic character, you can't help but root for her.” - Matt Patches,

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**** "Brilliant documentary. Completely fascinating." - Dwight Brown, The Huffington Post 

"Radiating with vivacity and affection for its subjects... A wonderful, uncommon sensation." - Sam Fragoso, 

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

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

“Intelligent, original and enthralling.” - Neta Alexander, Haaretz 

**** - The Guardian 

“A lovely portrait of artists coming together to make one another shine.” - Norman Wilner, NOW Magazine 

"[An] emotional, cross-continental rollercoaster ride.” - Michael-Oliver Harding, DAZED 

“Brings renewed optimism in the WWW.” - Michael-Oliver Harding, VICE 

“A thrilling new remix on 'A Star is Born.’” - Stephen Saito, Moveable Fest 

“[A] wonderful film.” - Stephen Saito, Moveable Fest

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