In his first full-length feature film, director Yehonatan Indursky tells an unusual story of a father and daughter set in the ultra-Orthodox community of Bnei Brak.
Nachman Ruzumni lives in Bnei Brak, the northeastern suburb of Tel Aviv populated largely by ultra-Orthodox Jews. He works nights as an unusual "driver" for needy Orthodox Jews, bringing them to Bnei Brak's well-off residents. But he does more than drive, coaching his passengers in telling heart-rending stories to loosen the purse strings of the rich. In the mornings, he returns home to his small apartment and his 9-year-old daughter Chani. Her mother has left the family. Since Chani is afraid of being alone every night, her father takes her along to work. Nachman is increasingly overwhelmed by his double life, forcing him to finally face up to himself. (Jörg Taszman)
Director Yehonatan Indursky grew up in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and lives in Tel Aviv today. As in his eponymous graduation film, he grappled with the story of an unusual driver in DRIVER, his first full-length feature film. Yehonatan Indursky is known especially for his award-winning TV series SHTISEL (2015).
Filmography: THE CANTOR AND THE SEA (short/ 2015); PONEVEZ TIME (2012); SHTISEL (TV series/ 2015); DRIVER (short/2011)
Introduction: Prof. Frank Stern
Israel/France 2017, feature film, German premiere, 92 min., Hebrew with English subtitles
Director: Yehonatan Indursky
Production: Pie Films, United King Films, Haut et Court as a coproduction with Carole Scotta
International distribution: Betafilm, Germany
Cinematography: Shai Goldman
Cast: Moshe Folkenflik, Manuel Elkaslassy Vardi
Festivals/Awards (Selection): Tallin Black Nights Festival 2017