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A Matter of Size

Directed by: Erez Tadmor, Sharon Maymon
92 Minutes, 2009, Comedy; Drama; Romance

A group of obese people from the Israeli city of Ramla is fed up with their strict diet regime. But when one of them, Herzl, starts working as a dish washer in a Japanese restaurant, he is exposed to the world of Sumo through Kitano, the restaurant manager and a former Sumo coach in Japan. Herzl falls in love with the Sumo world and persuades Kitano to coach him and his obese friends in a sport and culture where their size is to their advantage. One by one, Herzl’s friends leave their dieting club and discover the world of Sumo, where fat people like them are honored and appreciated. Through Sumo, they connect to themselves and their fat bodies, each one in his or her individual way.


Directors: Erez Tadmor, Sharon Maymon

Producer: Tami Leon

Producer: Daniel Baur

Producer: Chilik Michaeli

Producer: Avraham Pirchi

Producer: Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre

Producer: Oliver Simon

Producer: Franziska An der Gassen

Producer: Guy Cohen

Producer: Eric Heumann

Producer: Micha Shagrir

Producer: Marc Sillam

Producer: Bill Stephens

Cast: Itzik Cohen

Cast: Shaul Azar

Cast: Dvir Benedek

Written by: Sharon Maymon

Written by: Danny Cohen-Solal

Distributor: Menemsha Films


*Won: Alpe d’Huez International Comedy Film Festival: Grand Prix—Feature Film; Special Jury Award—Feature Film

*Won: Israeli Academy Awards: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume Design

*Nominated: Israeli Academy Awards: Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Music, Best Sound

*Won: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival: Audience Award

*Won: Sarlat International Cinema Festival: Prix Aquitane—Feature Film, Prix Decouverte—Feature Film


*Won: Washington Jewish Film Festival: Audience Award—Favorite Feature Film