Zero Motivation

Director: Talya Lavie
Genre: Narrative Feature
Country: Israel
Year: 2014
Running Time: 100 min
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles
Date: Thursday, November 13, 7 pm
Location: Ritz East
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Festivals & Awards: Best Narrative Feature, Tribeca Film Festival
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It is rare to see a film about the Israeli army from the female perspective. It is rarer still to have a film as funny and as self-effacing as Zero Motivation—especially since this comedy-drama is about boredom in a Human Resources office (think an all female IDF version of Office Space cranked up a notch or three). This award-winning debut by writer/director Talya Lavie details the friendship between Zohar (Dana Ivgy) and Daffi (Nelly Tagar) as they while away their days in a rural Israeli army base. Their biggest battles are against their commanders or the guys who treat them badly. The only guns they fire are staple guns—at each other in a hilarious, knock-down, drag-out fight. Lavie’s debut film is smart and charming, and she coaxes terrific performances from her two lead actresses who will delight viewers in this crowd-pleasing gem.

Special Guest: Director Talya Lavie in conversation with Iris Drechsler, PJFF Artistic Chair

Special Event: Post-Film Reception including conversation, complimentary appetizers, and drink specials at Continental (138 Market St, Philadelphia). All ticket holders are invited.

Sponsored By: Nancy and Stuart Weiss

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