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  • Production: Sallah Company
    Producer: Menahem Golan
  • Starring: Chaim Topol, Geula Nuni, Gila Almagor, Shraga Friedman, Zaharira Harifai, Shaike Levi, Nathan Meisler, Esther Greenberg, Mordecai Arnon
  • Written By: Ephraim Kishon
  • Distributed By: United King Films
  • Country: Israel
  • Language: Hebrew

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Sallah Shabati

Narrative | 1964 | 110 min.
Directed by: Ephraim Kishon

This sharp, often hilarious satire that became the most successful film in Israeli history, is about new immigrants Sallah and his family, who are left in a shack near their promised apartment and are abandoned for months. A Yemenite Jewish family that was flown to Israel during "Operation Magic Carpet"--a clandestine operation that flew 49,000 Yemenite Jews to Israel the year after the state was formed--is forced to move to a government settlement camp. The patriarch of the family, portrayed by Chaim Topol, tries to make money and get better housing, in a country that can barely provide for its own and is in the midst absorbing hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees from Arab countries. This hilarious portrayal of immigrants in Israel won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, putting Israel on the international film stage for the first time.

See more about Sallah Shabbati at the Israel Film Center

Critical Acclaim

USA Golden Globes:
*Best Foreign Language Foreign Film

San Francisco International Film Festival:
*Best Actor
*Best Screenplay

New York Film Critics Circle Awards:
*Best Foreign Language Film - 3rd place

Berlin Film Festival

USA Academy Awards

"Sallah Shabbati and his coterie are an unusual, endearing, often colorful lot...Ephraim Kishon, the writer and director, has poked fun at human inadequacies in [a] courageous style."
--A.H. Weiler, New York Times

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