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Tzvia (Shani Klein) is an Orthodox woman living with her teacher husband Reuven (Avshalom Pollak) and four children in the cemetery’s lone little house. She works hard to make it a good home, but while her children and husband are at school, she cannot help feeling isolated. And so Tzvia walks the narrow footpaths among the headstones, striking up sweetly innocuous conversations with tourists and the Palestinian groundskeeper. But Reuven grows increasingly remote from her, and her unbearable loneliness finally drives her to walk the cemetery at night for the first time — upon which she discovers that it’s a nocturnal marketplace for prostitutes and drug dealers.

Shocked but fascinated, Tzvia makes contact with this completely foreign society, and finds that she receives far more appreciation from the denizens of the night than from her own family. But the young mother’s secret new relationships only contribute to her inner turbulence, leading her to make a decision that has far-reaching consequences. [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]

Zero Motivation

Filmmaker Talya Lavie steps into the spotlight with a dark comedy about everyday life for a unit of young female Israeli soldiers. The human resources office at a remote desert base serves as the setting for this cast of characters, who bide their time pushing paper, battling for the top score in Minesweeper, and counting down the minutes until they can return to civilian life. Amidst their boredom and clashing personalities, issues of commitment—from friendship to love and country—are handled with humor and sharp-edged wit. [Synopsis courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival]