A Quiet Heart
This intense drama is set on the fault line between secularism and religious orthodoxy in modern Israel. Naomi (Ania Bukstein, Game of Thrones), a secular single woman rejecting her family and career as a classical pianist, moves to an Ultra-Orthodox area of Jerusalem. Two surprising connections with a musically gifted Ultra-Orthodox neighbor boy and a charismatic Italian monk and organist lead to anonymous escalating threats. Inside drab interiors with a shaky handheld camera, director Anner conveys a claustrophobic air of creeping unease and latent violence as tense and taut as a le Carre thriller.
“mesmerising, tightly wound central performance from Bukstein.” -ScreenDaily
Drama / Dir: Eitan Anner / Starring: Ania Bukstein (Game of Thrones), Giorgio Lupano, Lior Lifshitz / 2016 Israel / Hebrew, English, Italian w/ English subtitles / 92 min
Grand Prix at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Best Actress at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival; Best Screenplay at Haifa Film Festival