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  • Production: Assaf Amir, Eitan Mansuri, Elie Meirovitz, Yoav Roeh
    Norma Productions, EZ Films
  • Starring: Mili Avital, BaoQi Chen, Alon Abutbul, Sinaya Ben-Dor, Yiftach Klein, Daphne Shpigelman, Sarit Vino-Elad, Anat Waxman, Roni Yuria
  • Written By: Shemi Zarhin, Ayelet Menahemi
  • Distributed By: EZ Films
  • Country: China, Israel
  • Language: Hebrew, Mandarin

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Noodle

Narrative | 2007 | 95 min.
Directed by: Ayelet Menahemi

When the Chinese woman working in Israel for Miri Kalderon, an Israeli flight attendant, is suddenly deported for overstaying her work visa, her lack of Hebrew-language skills makes it impossible for her to convince the Israeli authorities that she has a young child with her. Miri, twice-widowed because of the ongoing Arab-Israeli wars, has been going through the motions of living, somehow detached from a real connection to life itself. Her decision to help reunite the child—nicknamed "Noodle"—with his mother, now back in Beijing, ends up helping not just the boy and his mother, but herself--in ways Miri herself could not have expected.

See more about Noodle at the Israel Film Center

Critical Acclaim

Israeli Film Academy Awards:
*Best Supporting Actress

Montreal World Film Festival:
*Special Grand Prize of the Jury

Jersey Shore Film Festival:
*Best Feature Film-Audience Choice Award

"'Noodle' is an Israeli film about grief and loss but it takes the form of a crowd-pleaser."
-Paul Byrnes, Sunday Morning Herald

"By the time the film reaches its lump-in-the-throat conclusion, you'll be glad to have discovered this touching and universal story."

-Dov Kornits, Filmlink (Australia)

"It's an enjoyable feel-good story that builds up slowly but delivers plenty of emotional zing with a joyous pay-off that takes us as high as the plane that travels from Tel Aviv to Beijing."

-Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile

 

 

*Won: Israeli Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress

*Nominated: Israeli Academy Awards: Best Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematogaphy, Best Editing, Best Music, Best Sound

*Won: Montreal World Film Festival: Special Grand Prize of the Jury

 

*Won: Jersey Shore Film Festival: Best Feature Film Audience Choice

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