• Production: Lama Productions, Metro Communications
    Producers: Amir Harel, Dudi Zilber
  • Starring: Sigalit Fuchs, Tal Friedman, Dorit Lev-Ari, Keren Mor, Alexander Senderovich, Eliran Caspi, Rivka Michaeli, Yossi Pollak, Michal Yannai
  • Written By: Omer Tadmor
  • Distributed By: IsraeliFilms
  • Country: Israel
  • Language: Hebrew

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Narrative | 2005 | 90 min.
Directed by: Julie Shles

Joy Levine lives in an old apartment that, in total contrast to her, is shabby and worn-out on the outside while well-kept and filled with joy on the inside. Her life changes when she signs up as a candidate for a TV show named "Gotta Be Happy". To her astonishment, she is chosen to throw a surprise party for her parents on the upcoming show, to be aired after Yom Kippur and with forgiveness as its theme. However, there is a price: she has to let the viewers into her private inner world and share with them an event that has haunted her family for the past twenty-two years. The fun and games expected from such a show is jeopardized by a string of events threatening to shatter the already cracked family. Can Joy take the lead and bring her family to happiness?

Read more about Joy at the Israel Film Center

Critical Acclaim

*Won - Israeli Academy Awards - Best Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Supporting Actress
*Nominated - Israeli Academy Awards - Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Film

*Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
*Toronto Jewish Film Festival
*Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema
*Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival
*Cincinnati Israeli Film Festival
*United Kingdom Jewish Film Festival
*WorldFest Houston

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