Filmmaker Nitzan Giladi’s first foray into narrative filmmaking follows a unique – and very sweet – love story that blossoms in the most unexpected of places. The film stars young Moran Rosenblatt in a breakout role as Hagit, a factory worker who is fixated on the concept of marriage, something she expresses through her creation of tiny wedding dolls. When she meets a man who could make her dreams a reality, the film quietly unfolds into a very moving love story. Oh, did we mention that the factory is toilet paper factory? And the dolls are made of extra TP? See, unexpected.
The film was inspired by an image that stuck with Giladi, and the filmmaker recently told Indiewire, “In my early twenties, I did a street theater show that involved three women wearing toilet paper dresses walking the streets and looking for a husband. Not sure why I chose that image, but it stayed in my mind.”
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He continued, “Ten years later, I decided to expand the image into a narrative. I had a still photo on my desk [of the dress] and I kept looking at it. I started devising a story about someone with special needs who has the imagination to create a dress made of toilet paper rolls. When I researched toilet paper factories, I discovered that these types of factories are common work places for people with special needs. That’s how the story started.”
For Giladi, casting the film provide to be key. “The casting process was extremely long – it took me a year to find the right actress for the leading role. I knew the movie rests on her shoulders, and she had to be both a great actress to carry the emotional story, while being believable as a person with special needs. It was hard to find someone who could do both.”
“What I knew is that I didn’t want someone to simply act the role – I wanted someone to be the role. When Moran came into the room I had goosebumps. She had the ability to do it all, along with a star quality to carry the film,” he added.