• Production: Movi't Films, Israeli Broadcasting Authority
    Producers: Michael Sharfstein, Amitan Manelzon
  • Starring: Alon Abutbul, Gila Almagor, Icho Avital, Alon Ben-Dror, Dana Berger, Shoshana Doar, Ayelet Hardon, Miki Kam, Dror Keren, Stephanie Midyan, Aryeh Moskona, Ofer Seker, Michelle Shar, Joseph Shiloach, Yotam Show
  • Written By: Shemi Zarhin
  • Distributed By: Sisu Home Entertainment
  • Country: Israel
  • Language: Hebrew

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Passover Fever

Narrative | 1995 | 100 min.
Directed by: Shemi Zarhin

A middle-class Israeli family has a reunion for Passover and finds itself feasting on a smorgasbord of dysfunction as its members try to cope with their innumerable problems in this drama. Yona and Michael are hosting the Passover festivities. It is a sadder than usual gathering because one of their sons was recently killed in a military accident. Nathaniel, twin brother of the deceased, creates a stir when he shows up with his new girlfriend. How will his ex-wife Gila bear this? Dorona is the eldest and is constantly plagued by allergies, something that has helped kill the romance in her marriage to Rikki. Shai is anorexic while Dalia is morbidly obese. Meanwhile, the bratty son of Nathaniel and Gila creates all sorts of malicious mischief.

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Critical Acclaim

Israeli Film Academy Awards:
*Best Supporting Actress

Montreal World Film Festival:
*Best Screenplay

Chicago International Film Festival

Jewish Motifs Film Festival

"The film offers authentically-evoked personalities, psychological obsessions and warm family nostalgia all under one roof. Zarhin combines a linear storyline with whimsy and fantasy, as relationships become clarified...the unbelievable falling snow in Passover Fever washes away suspicion within the family, signifying hope and renewal for the future."
--Amy Kronish, Israel Film Blogspot

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