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Asia

Directed by: Ruthy Pribar
85 Minutes, 2020, Drama; Fiction; Israel Film Center Festival

Young single mother Asia (Alena Yiv) hides nothing about her work-hard, play-hard lifestyle, and expects the same openness and honesty from her teenage daughter Vika (Shira Haas). But when Vika’s health declines, her need for independence and romantic exploration become paramount, and Asia realizes she must change her ways to allow her daughter to live her own life.

Credits

Director: Ruthy Pribar

Cast: Shira Haas

Cast: Alena Yiv

Cast: Tamir Mulla

Writer: Ruthy Pribar

Editor: Neta Dvorkis

Cinematography: Daniella Nowitz

Awards

Israeli Academy Awards
2020

Tribeca Film Festival
2020

Jerusalem Film Festival
2020

Reviews

From Daniella Nowitz’s muted, intimately lit lensing to the plaintive, judiciously used piano strains of Karni Postel’s score, every formal element of “Asia” serves to illustrate and enrich the tricky, evolving relationship at its center — brushing, rather than milking, the viewer’s tear ducts along the way.

https://variety.com/2020/film/reviews/asia-review-israels-oscar-entry-is-a-delicate-mother-daughter-drama-that-doesnt-try-too-hard-for-tears-1234876008/