No this isn’t a remake of Pier Paolo Pasolini‘s film folks. This is Sodom had the biggest local opening since Avatar. The slapstick comedy (see trailer) set the record for the most tickets sold for an Israeli movie in it’s first weekend. The laugher is made by the cast and crew of Eretz Nehederet (translates into “Wonderful Country” – an SNL-like Israeli TV show). Although most critics tore this film apart, for a summer movie, along with the laughs, it contains an impressive production. Supported by a massive campaign, the film is currently beating out Hollywood films such as Salt, Knight and Day, and even Nolan’s Inception.
No one expected to find This is Sodom on any awardd list, but the film received 5 nominations for the upcoming Ophirs. Should there be a surprise win at the ceremony, it will probably be an award for the supporting actress, Alma Zak – she received plenty of praise for her dramatic role in both seasons of the original Israeli version of In Treatment and this star will display her skill-set as part of the cast for Joseph Cedar’s (Beaufort) next feature.