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The Matchmaker (Pa’am Hayiti)

Directed by: Avi Nesher
118 Minutes, 2010

Arik, a teenage boy growing up in Haifa in 1968, gets a job working for Yankele Bride, a matchmaker. Yankele, a mysterious Holocaust survivor, has an office in back of a movie theater that shows only love stories, run by a family of seven Romanian dwarves in the seedy area by the port. Yankele introduces Arik to a new world, built on the ruins of an old one. As Arik begins to learn the mysteries of the human heart through his work with Yankele, he falls in love with Tamara, his friend Beni’s cousin. Tamara has just returned from America and is full of talk of women’s rights, free love, and rock and roll. The disparate parts of Arik’s life collide in unexpected, often funny and very moving ways as he lives through a summer that changes him forever. Avi Nesher’s latest film mixes comedy with drama as it tells a coming-of-age story unlike any you’ve ever seen before.

See more about The Matchmaker at the Israel Film Center

Credits

Director: Avi Nesher

Producer: Menemsha Films
Metro Communications

Produced by: Avi Nesher

Producer: Natan Caspi

Producer: Moshe Edery

Producer: Tami Leon

Producer: Avraham Pirchi

Cast: Adir Miller

Cast: Maya Dagan

Cast: Dror Keren

Cast: Tuval Shafir

Cast: Neta Porat

Cast: Bat-el Papura

Written by: Avi Nesher

Distributor: Menemsha Films