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Yana’s Friends

Directed by: Arik Kaplun
90 Minutes, 1999, Drama; War; Romance; Comedy

This charming, entertaining film, full of warm humor and sentiment, swept the recent Israeli Awards in almost every category. Three parallel stories of love unfold in Israel during the Gulf War with Iraq, as the people retreat into their homes and shelters to avoid the  lethal scud attacks. Yana, a Russian immigrant abandoned by her husband, is pregnant and in debt, but when she moves into a flat with wedding photographer Eli and the two are forced into a sealed room from the fear of chemical weapons, sparks fly. At the same time, formal and businesslike Rosa finds love, while Alik and his wife learn the meaning of loving commitment and transform each other into better people.

See more about Yana’s Friends at the Israel Film Center

Credits

Director: Arik Kaplun

Producer: Paralite Films

Producer: Anat Bikel

Producer: Moshe Levinson

Producer: Marek Rozenbaum

Producer: Uri Sabag

Cast: Evelyne Kaplun

Cast: Nir Levy

Cast: Shmil Ben Ari

Cast: Mosko Alkalay

Cast: Vladimir Friedman

Cast: Dalia Friedland

Cast: Israel Damidov

Written by: Arik Kaplun

Written by: Semyon Vinokur

Distributor: First Run Features