Director: Hagar Ben Asher // Writer: Hagar Ben Asher
Actress turned director Hagar Ben Asher’s first film, The Slut (2011) premiered at Cannes (we were there at its Critics’ Week premiere) and went onto a rather hushed reception. She’s back with a sophomore feature, which has recently been backed by Eurimages and is in pre-production. While it’s unclear when filming begins on The Burglar, we’re hoping to see the burgeoning Israeli director get a bit more traction with her latest feature which concerns young pretty Yaeli, who lives in a small town by the dead sea where she works as a carer for the skin diseased. Her house is a small house, with two small bedrooms. One of them belongs to her absent mother and has not been opened for a long time. Only then, brutal thieves invade the house. The door is now open, but life is impossible to live. With no primal intent, she herself becomes a burglaress. This revelation will eventually lead her to save her soul, her mind, her longing, and her ability to grow.
Producers: Hagar Ben Asher, rohfilm’s Benny Drechsel and Karsten Stöter (My Sweet Pepper Land), Nathalie Vallet, Eitan Mansuri (The Congress).
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.
Release Date: If filming commences in early 2015, we’re looking at the possibility of entering fall film festivals.