A virtuoso comic theater troupe of 10 soul-mate actors, works as an equal collective. After conquering the Tel Aviv stages, they dream of making it internationally. When life's challenges put their principles to the test, as well as their friendship, they know that if only they manage to stick together, no dream is beyond reach.
Director: Michal Cohen ISR 2017, documentary, international premiere, 82 min., Hebrew/English with English subtitles Production: Aurit Zamir, Yoav Roeh, Gum Films Cinematography: Michal Cohen Cast: Dana Ivgy, Gal Freidman, Efrat Aviv, Lotus Etrog, Rotem Keinan, Tamara Klingon, Ben Perry, Omri Doron, Dudu Golan, Tomer Nahir Petluk
Tziporela is an autonomous theater collective of 10 actors who joined together after graduation to establish a
theater of their own. The members of the collective are equal – they all write, produce, act, and sweep the
stage after performances. Everyday life in Israel, autobiographical themes, the relationship between the sexes
are portrayed on stage – nothing remains untouched. The group has conquered all of Tel Aviv’s stages and
achieved cult status. The next step: New York. Working as a collective poses ever new challenges. Is there
perhaps a hidden hierarchy after all? What are the dynamics within the group? And can people separate work
and friendship? What happens if one or the other has become impossible? A theater collective like long-term
therapy, not only for the cast, but also for the audience.
EPOS International Art Film Festival, Tel Aviv 2017
AS THEMSELVES ist Michal Cohens Regiedebüt.
Michal Cohen was born in Jerusalem in 1974. Since graduating from the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in 2001, she has been working as an editor and director for feature films, series, and documentaries.
Guests: Petra Palmer talks with Michal Cohen (Israel)