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Five Hours From Paris

Directed by: Leonid Prudovsky
90 Minutes, 2008, Comedy; Drama

Yigal is a divorced taxi driver who remains in close contact with his ex-wife and her new husband, in order to be close to his son. His personal dream is to visit Paris, but he is terrified of flying, even though it’s only a five hour flight from Tel Aviv. Picking up his son from afternoon choir practice, Yigal slowly and tentatively becomes emotionally involved with his son’s music teacher, an immigrant from Russia. At first glance, the two seem to be from different worlds—while Yigal is an uneducated taxi driver, the music teacher is worldly and educated. Nonetheless, they enjoy spending time together and a gentle and sweet relationship develops between the two opposites, which begins to grow more and more complex.


Director: Leonid Prudovsky

Producer: Haim Meckelberg

Producer: Estee Yacov-Mecklberg

Producer: Leon Edery

Producer: Moshe Edery

Cast: Dror Keren

Cast: Helena Yaralova

Cast: Michael Warchaviak

Cast: Vladimir Freidman

Cast: Yoram Toledano

Written by: Erez Kav-El

Written by: Leonid Prudovsky and Erez Kav-El

Distributor: Go2Films Distributions and Marketing


“These days, the world could use sweeter, mature, thoughtful romance, and FIVE HOURS FROM PARIS delivers it in spades.”


“The sweetly thesped pic should travel extensively…”

- Variety

“Keren and Yaralova deliver warm performances and maintain a chemistry that’s as soft-spoken as it is mature. Prudovsky is a promising talent.”

- Now Toronto

“A refreshingly sincere and mature romance.”

- Hamptons International Film Festival

*Best Israeli Film, Haifa International Film Festival, 2009

*Nominated: Best Actor, Israeli Academy Awards

*Best feature film, Napoli Film Festival