VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Aliyah

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Aliyah

Elie Wajeman
F, 2012
Fiction, 90min, OmeU

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Aliyah

Elie Wajeman
F, 2012
Fiction, 90min, OmeU

Actors: 
Pio Marmaï
Alex
Cédric Kahn
Isaac
Adèle Haenel
Jeanne
Guillaume Gouix
Mathias
Sarah Le Picard
Esther
David Geselson
Nathan
Olivier Desautel
Polo
Screenplay: 
Élie Wajeman
Gaëlle Macé
Sound: 
Mathieu Villien
Sandy Notarianni
Emmanuel Croset
Camera: 
David Chizallet
Editor: 
François Quiqueré
Decoration: 
Gaëlle Usandivaras
Costume: 
Catherine Rigault

Production: 
24 Mai Production, Les Films Pelléas, France 2 Cinéma, Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, Wallpaper Productions
World Sales: 
Rezo Films
Format: 
DCP
Color

Paris. Alex is twenty-seven. He makes a living selling drugs and pays off the debts of his brother Isaac who, after providing him with support, has become a burden for him. So when his cousin tells him that he is going to open a restaurant in Tel Aviv, Alex imagines joining him to start a new life at last. Determined to leave, Alex has to find money. But he also has to say goodbye to Paris, a city he loves, Esther, his ex, Mathias, his old friend and Jeanne whom he has just met. Torn between “aliyah” (the term for Jews returning to the Holy Land), his drug deals, his complex love life and a destructive brother, Alex has to find his own path. “Élie Wajeman maintains a consistently dark tone throughout the nar- rative, which is a moody character study with a slight genre hitch to it. While guns are never drawn and the violence is mostly of the verbal kind, Alex nonetheless becomes a hero whose quest to escape is not without a certain underlying tension and a few minor twists.” (Jordan Mintzer )