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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Hager Ben-Asher’s The Burglar


It might be wishful thinking on our part to think that Hager Ben-Asher would somehow submit her sophomore film in January instead of holding out for the month of May. Before The Burglar (which will drop in 2016), there was the Critics’ Week Cannes Film Festival 2011 selected The Slut (see pic above) which helped make a proper name for the filmmaker. This directorial debut was indeed affiliated to the Sundance – as it was selected by the Sundance Institute for what  was the 2010 Israel mini lab. Featuring newbie actress, popular Israeli model Lihi Kornowski, The Burglar was on our radar for 2015, but now we’re hopeful it’ll drop in early ’16 with stops at Rotterdam and/or Berlin as a strong possibility. While her debut was a little bit louder than a pin drop, featuring another strong female heroine, this could make a thunderous noise for her national cinema.

Gist: Lihi Kornowski plays a young woman who becomes a female burglar herself after her mother’s home is broken into by brutal thieves.

Production Co./Producers: Hagar Ben Asher, rohfilm’s Benny Drechsel and Karsten Stöter (My Sweet Pepper Land), Nathalie Vallet, Eitan Mansuri (The Congress).

Prediction: Low chances for Sundance entry with World Dramatic Comp eyed. Cannes most probable from all the fests.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic). The Match Factory (international)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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