Keren Yedaya

Israel, Luxembourg, Germany, 2019 / 93 min / Arabic & Hebrew OV with French subt. / Drama, Musical Film

Luxembourgish Premiere

The film adaptation of a cult Israeli anti-war rock opera of the 1980s.

Young, shy Mami lives in a small, ramshackle town in the south of Israel where she works at a petrol station. Her life is calm and uneventful and she enjoys many happy moments with her fiancé Nissim. But after their wedding, Nissim must leave for his mandatory military service and is wounded in action. He returns home seriously injured and bound to his wheelchair. To start a new life, Mami takes Nissim to Tel Aviv where they meet an eccentric professor who rewires their brains. Suddenly, Mami becomes the face of a new political movement and a media superstar. Determined to win both justice and happiness, she decides to run for president.

“Adapting Hillel Mittelpunkt's rock opera Mami, Yedaya fast-forwards this story of a gas station cashier from its original 1980s setting to the present day. Gorgeous traditional music shares the soundtrack with pulsing electronic beats, while inventive dance numbers lift this wild fantasia into La La Land territory.” Cameron Bailey, Toronto International Film Festival

Wed 11/03 16:30 Ciné Utopia Arabic & Hebrew OV with FR subt. Avant-première

"Keren Yedaya abandons the cinematographic classical realism which characterised […] her entire film back-catalogue, instead embracing unbridled surrealism. […] Through surreal science fiction and profoundly political lyrics, however, Red Fields transcends it all to become a magnificent ode to the demilitarisation of Israel.” Carlota Moseguí, Cineuropa, 11/09/2019

  • Best Music, Awards of the Israeli Film Academy, 2019 (Israel)
  • Best Sound, Awards of the Israeli Film Academy, 2019 (Israel)
  • Best Music – Van Leer Group Foundation Award, Jerusalem Film Festival, 2019 (Israel)
  • Best Cinematography – Aaron Emanuel Award, Jerusalem Film Festival, 2019 (Israel)
Cast & Credits
Neta Elkayam, Dudu Tassa, Ami Abu, Eran Zur, Yuval Banai, Riki Gal, Riyad Sliman
Keren Yedaya, based on the eponymous rock opera by Hillel Mittelpunkt
Laurent Brunert
Tully Chen, Shai Charles Sivan
Victor Peretz
Dudu Tassa, Nir Maimon, Ehud Banai, Yossi Mar-Haim
Transfax Film Productions, AMOUR FOU Luxembourg, Riva Filmproduktion, United King Films

Keren Yedaya is an Israeli filmmaker born in 1972 who trained at the Camera Obscura School of Art in Tel Aviv. She has directed the short films Elinor (1994), Lulu (1999), and Underwear (2001). Her first feature, Or (My Treasure) (2004) won the Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Her follow-up feature, Jaffa (2009), screened in Cannes and at the Toronto International Film Festival. She returned to Cannes once more in 2014 with her next feature, That Lovely Girl, an adaptation of an Israeli novel, which screened in the Un Certain Regard section. Red Fields (2019) is her fourth feature film. Karen Yedayas work is marked by her political and feminist activism.

  • 2019 – Mami
  • 2014 – That Lovely Girl
  • 2009 – Jaffa
  • 2004 – Or
  • 2001 – Les Dessous
  • 1999 – Lulu
  • 1994 – Elinor