Seret: Short Rides

Sprache: OmeU | Originalsprache: Hebrew

Curated by Nir Ferber

Director: Eti Tsicko

Ruso, a migrant worker from Georgia, begins another cleaning shift at the University. She keeps her head down, does her job as required, and passes the shift on phone calls with her son. Usually no one notices her. Not today.

Israel 2022 | 18 mins


MAN’S BEST FRIEND Director: Gaya Elstein

For a place that is meant for the dead, the animal cemetery seems to be full of life. Every day people come and visit their deceased companions and each have different mourning ceremonies – each in their own unique way with their connection to their pet.

Israel 2022 | 18 mins


A JOURNEY WITH MY DAD Director: Mor Israeli

For the first time, Tamar, a radiant five-year-old, accompanies her father to a hotel where the vacationers look a little strange. Through her eyes, a journey tinged with surrealism begins. Tamar eventually discovers her father’s hidden history.

Israel, France 2022 | 10 mins


MORE THAN FRIENDS Director: Omri Laron

A quirky lesbian mom discovers a love letter written by her 11-year-old son to another boy. Concerned for her son’s social status, she crashes into a birthday party to keep a close eye on him.

Israel 2023 | 19 mins


REQUIEM FOR A WHALE Director: Ido Weisman

On a stormy night in early 2021, a whale’s body washed ashore. Over the documentation of the encounter between people and the carcass, we hear the voices of several witnesses who were present at the rare occurrence. From the fabric of responses, a collective experience shines, regarding the dialogue between life and death.

Israel 2022 | 15 mins


A compilation of five short films, directed by emerging directors, each holds a unique and original voice. “on the thresholds”, the title for this year’s program, illustrates the topics and the dramatic tones that the five films carry. One film centers on an outsider longing to talk with her son, but for now she might compromise for some basic human connection, while in another film a mother wants to know more about her adolescent, but with closeness comes the pain of sobriety. Boundaries are transgressed between the world of the deceased and the (human) companions that were left behind in one film, while in another film the world of innocence is breached by a reminiscent from a different time and place, the kind of memory that leaves a scar. And another film ponders: how do we react when something unexpected happens and invading our life from the depths? The five films that compile Short Rides expose more than one side of their coins, more than one way to face a threshold.

Special thanks to Michael Shamai, Yaara Ozeri and Amir Kedan

In cooperation with Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival

OmU = Originalversion mit Untertiteln
OV = Originalversion ohne Untertitel
OmeU = Originalversion mit englischen Untertiteln
DF = deutschsprachige Fassung