The Fifth Heaven

  • Israel
  • Feature
  • 2012
  • 103 min.
  • Director(s): Dina Zvi Riklis
  • Producer(s): Yifat Prestelnik, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery


1944. Palestine is under the British Mandate. Maya (13) arrives at a remote orphanage. Her mother has left for America without a trace and her father has remarried. At the orphanage, Maya meets Dr. Markowski, an old family friend who seems baffled by her appearance. During her time at the orphanage Maya unravels the secret in her life and falls in love with Duce (25), the fiancé of an orphanage worker and a member of an anti-British terrorist faction. In a world in which ideals have gone bankrupt, the residents of the orphanage await the end of the Second World War and hope to be liberated from their personal and national isolation. This is the story of the beginnings of Israeli society.




Dina Zvi Riklis


Yifat Prestelnik, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery


Dina Zvi Riklis & Alma Ganihar


Shai Goldman


Yosef Grunfeld

Original Music

Josef Bardanashvili


Yehezkel Lazarov, Amit Moshkovitz, Rotem Zisman-Cohen, Alena Yiv, Guy Adler, Aki Avni

Original Language




Costume Designer

Rona Doron

Art Director

Tamar Gadish

Based on a novel by

Rachel Eytan

Sound Designer

Aviv Aldema

Photo Credit

Yifat Prestelnik Films

Festival Highlights

Washington Jewish Film Festival , USA , 2014

Baltimore Jewish Film Festival , USA , 2013

New York Jewish Film Festival , USA , 2013

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival , USA , 2012

Syracuse International Film Festival , USA , 2012

Tiburon International Film Festival , USA , 2012

Jewish Motifs International Film Festival , Poland , 2012

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival , USA , 2012

Hamptons International Film Festival , USA , 2011

Haifa International Film Festival , Israel , 2011


  • A touching and authentic period piece
    Amy Kronish,israelfilm.blogspot, March 2012

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