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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #92. Hagar Ben Asher’s The Burglar

The Burglar

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.

Cast: TBA.

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.


Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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