Assi, a Tel-Avivian screenwriter, stuck in his life, is sentenced to community service to work with juveniles in Beersheba city. A story about a detached man who aspires to save delinquent youth through art, and about thoughtful teenagers who do not want to be saved.
Arik Lahav Leibovich
Ran Danker, Adar Hazazi Gersch
English, Spanish, French, Russian
Produced with the help of:
Israeli Film Fund, Gesher Film Fund, yes
Producer in charge
WinnerBest First Film AwardJerusalem International Film Festival2017
WinnerBest Cinematography AwardJerusalem International Film Festival2017
WinnerCommendation for Young Actor (Adar Hazazi)Jerusalem International Film Festival2017
Torino Underground Film Festival , Italy , 2020
Koszalin Youth and Film Festival , Poland , 2019
Tertio Millennio Film Fest , Italy , 2018
Santiago International Film Festival , Chile , 2018
Seattle International Film Festival , USA , 2018
Istanbul International Film Festival , Turkey , 2018
Jerusalem International Film Festival , Israel , 2017
The concept of a teacher guiding delinquent teenagers isn’t a premise unknown to film, and yet Doubtful, the feature debut by Eliran Elya, makes it feel as if it is. Film Inquiry (June 15, 2018)
Doubtful proves to be an intelligent, intimate, and potent first feature. Film Inquiry (June 15, 2018)
Dramatically powerful and thematically challenging, this is a remarkably impressive feature début.
Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
A vivid look at a blackboard jungle, Israel style, based on a true story about juvenile delinquents who are influenced by a teacher who is himself an emotional wreck. Harvey S. Karten, Big Apple Reviews
Director-writer Eliran Elya's feature début is a very dark tale about tale two men struggling to stay afloat in a world which, seemingly, wants to drown them both. S. James Wegg, JWR
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