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Directed by: Julie Shles
90 Minutes, 2005, Comedy; Drama

Joy Levine lives in an old apartment that, in total contrast to her, is shabby and worn-out on the outside while well-kept and filled with joy on the inside. Her life changes when she signs up as a candidate for a TV show named “Gotta Be Happy”. To her astonishment, she is chosen to throw a surprise party for her parents on the upcoming show, to be aired after Yom Kippur and with forgiveness as its theme. However, there is a price: she has to let the viewers into her private inner world and share with them an event that has haunted her family for the past twenty-two years. The fun and games expected from such a show is jeopardized by a string of events threatening to shatter the already cracked family. Can Joy take the lead and bring her family to happiness?

Read more about Joy at the Israel Film Center


Director: Julie Shles

Producer: Lama Productions

Producer: Metro Communications
Producers: Amir Harel

Producer: Dudi Zilber

Cast: Sigalit Fuchs

Cast: Tal Friedman

Cast: Dorit Lev-Ari

Cast: Keren Mor

Cast: Alexander Senderovich

Cast: Eliran Caspi

Written by: Omer Tadmor

Distributor: IsraeliFilms