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Israel, 2002 (MIFF 2003, International Panorama)

Director: Nir Bergman

Winner of over 15 major international film awards, including the audience award at Berlin this year and nine Israel Film Academy Awards, Broken Wings is a powerful and uplifting examination of the strength of family.

The first day of school should be an occasion of excitement and promise. However, for five-year-old Bar, his three siblings and mother it is bittersweet, as they have been left to cope with a financial and emotional whirlwind since the death of the family patriarch.They all handle their crises in very different ways, with quite often funny and unexpected consequences. Ten-year-old Ido attempts to break the free jumping world record in an empty swimming pool; teenager Yair skips school and spends his days roaming railway stations dressed as a mouse, handing out flyers; Maya is only 17 but she harbours feelings of guilt and anger and acts as a surrogate mother to her younger siblings.

With a delicate blend of comedy and drama, this optimistic feature debut from Nir Bergman is sure to strike an emotional chord with audiences.

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