Mr. Cortisone, Happy Days

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2004
  • 85 min.
  • Director(s): Shlomo Shir, Duki Dror
  • Producer(s): Duki Dror - Zygote Films Ltd.


The isolation room, where he stays for radioactive-iodine
treatment, becomes an inspiring cinematic location for
the director who is a cancer patient. Moving constantly
in-front and behind the camera, he is convinced of the
power of art to control and bring a happy end to his story.
Hope is shuttered with the discovery of new aggressive
tumors in his spine. While waiting for a series of
operation in New York City, the director receives large
doses of cortisone. His stream of thoughts turn into
hyper-conscious flood, and the camera becomes his
close and intimate companion. Shlomi Shir realizes he is
being sentenced to die on the operating table. He
decides to leave the hospital, overdosed with cortisone
and tranquilizers and lets his soul free.

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Shlomo Shir, Duki Dror


Duki Dror - Zygote Films Ltd.


Shlomo Shir


Philippe Bellaiche, Shlomo Shir


Dani Itzhaki

Original Music


Original Language

Hebrew, English



Festival Highlights

Cinema Du Ree, France, 2004

Doc Aviv – International Documentary Film Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2004

Documenta Madrid , International Documentary Festival, Spain, Winner of the Gandhi Award, 2004

EBS Seoul International Documentary Festival, Korea, Winner of the Audience Award, 2004

Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- & Videofest, Germany, Germany, 2004

Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Taiwan, 2004

Fribourg International Film Festiva, Switzerland, 2005