JIFF21: ASIA 85 mins

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“Shira Haas is devastating…a patient and inquisitive character study with an emotional wallop.’ - Indiewire 

Asia (Alena Yiv) and Vika (Shira Haas) are more like sisters than mother and daughter. Young mom Asia hides nothing about her work-hard, play-hard lifestyle, and expects the same openness and honesty from teenage Vika. But Vika is at an age where privacy and independence are paramount, and inevitably begins to rebel against her mom’s parenting style. With two stubborn and opinionated women under one roof, Asia finds herself in new territory and stumbles to achieve a balance between asserting her parental authority and respecting her daughter’s point of view. When health issues lead Vika to be confined to a wheelchair and her need for romantic experiences and sexual exploration becomes more urgent, Asia realizes she must get out of the way so that her daughter can live her life.

Winner Best Film, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the 2020 Ophir (Israeli Oscars) Awards. 

Asia | Israel, 2020, 85mins  | Director: Ruthy Pribar | Cast: Shira Haas, Alena Yiv, Tamir Mulla, Gera Sandler | Language: Hebrew (English subtitles) | Premiere Status: Australian

Festival Appearances/Awards: Winner 2020 Ophir Award (Israeli Oscars) for Best Film, 2020 Tribeca FIlm Festival