Seven Days

Shiva (original title)

According to the tradition, the period of mourning begins after funeral: the complete family goes to the home of the late one, and nobody must leave this place during seven days. One must dedicate oneself to prayer for the soul of the deceased and tell him goodbye. During one week, they are going to sleep together on slim mattresses, to eat a light food, without shaving, taking a shower, or even changing clothes.

The mournes are the six brothers, the two sisters, the spouse and her two children as well as the mother, To these twelve persons are added the brothers wives, and some close friends.

 

The action takes place during the 1991 Gulf war, and the missiles of Saddam Hussein constitute a permanent threat. The family factory of painting on aluminum, which is their mutual source of income, is at the edge of bankruptcy and debts pile up.

 

Vis a vis these multiple pressures these << Seven Days>> are going to put to the test family structure. All its members have to unite and show solidarity towards their fellows.

They should mourn their deceased brother and put aside any material worries, but instead of that, ther reject the idea of death and the purpose of their meeting, to leave place to their old demons.

 

 

2008 / ISRAEL-FRANCE / HD / 103 min. / Dolby SRD / French, Moroccan, Hebrew.
Co-Production of July August Productions, Thaleia Production and EZ Films.
The film was produced with the support of: The Rabinovich Film Fund, YES, Keshet, Canal+
Cast & Crew
Director:

Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz

Writer:

Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz

Cast

Ronit Elkabetz, Albert Illouz, Yael Abecassis, Simon  Abkarian, Hana Laslo, Moshe Ivgy, Keren Mor,AlonAboutboul, Evelin Hagoel, Rafi Amzaleg, Hana Azoulay Hasfari, Gil Frank, Ruby Shoval 

Director of Photography:

Yaron Scharf

Editor:

Joel Alexsis

Production designer:

Benny Arbitman

Costume designer:

Laura Sheim

Original Score:

Michel Korb, Sergio Leonardi

Producers:

Jean-Philippe Reza (Thaleia Productions)

Eilon Ratzkovsky

Yochanan Kredo

Yossi Uzard

Guy Jacoel

Eric Cohen

Elie Meirovitz (EZ Films)

Seven Days

Seven Days

Shiva (original title)

JERUSALEM FILM FESTIVAL 2008 SEMAINE DE LA CRITIQUE 2008 FILM FEST MUNICH 2008