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Shlomi takes care of everyone. He feeds his grandfather and listens to his fictitious stories from World War II. He reminds his older brother to take his medication on time and listen to his pornographic thoughts. He calms his quick-tempered mother and mediates between her an his hypochondriac father who was thrown out of the house after cheating on her. He looks after his older sister’s twins and makes sure she keeps going back to her husband. And most of all, Shlomi makes sure to make everyone happy by cooking their favourite dishes. Shlomi knows – they’ll eat and calm down. Because his home is a battlefield and Shlomi runs around between everyone, making peace. But no one in the family really sees Shlomi. Even Shlomi doesn’t see Shlomi. Until one day a math test arouses the suspicions of Shlomi’s math teacher and school principal. After talking with him, they realize that a very unique personality is hiding behind this neglected boy. With their help and the help of Rona the gardener with whom he falls in love, Shlomi discovers himself.

Category Official Competition
Section Y Gen
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 94'
Production Year 2003
Nationality Israel
Directed by Shemi Zarhin
Screenplay Shemi Zarhin
Script Shemi Zarhin
Director of photography Itzik Portal
Editor Einat Glaser-Zarhin
Production Design Ariel Glazer
Costume Design Inbal Shuki
Music Jonathan Bar-Giora
Main cast Oshri Cohen (Shlomi)
Arieh Elias (nonno/grandfather)
Aya Koren (Rona)
Esti Zakhem (Ruhama)
Igal Naor (Avihu)
Albert Illouz (Robert)
Produced by Eitan Evan

bonjour monsieur shlomi regShemi Zarhin

One of Israel’s leading writer/director, he wrote TEL-AVIV STORIES and his film PASSOVER FEVER won best screenplay at the Montreal World Film Festival in 1995. In 1998, the Israeli Academy of Motion Picture and Television honoured him with a best director award for DANGEROUS ACTS. Mr. Zarhin teaches direction and scriptwriting at prestigious Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem.

Director's statement

“The BONJOUR MONSIEUR SHLOMI screenplay was written during five unusual days in September 2001. Contrary to previous screenplays I had written, it practically wrote itself. From the moment producer Eitan Avan took the screenplay to read, things began to move very quickly. Less than a week had gone by since the writing of the screenplay began, and ICP had already given their approval to start shooting. A few more days went by and the Tel Aviv Fund joined the project too. I must admit that the speed startled me. You need time to think, to adapt, to try and understand whether there is a screenplay here to begin with and whether it is worthy. Eitan Evan persuaded me to let the process virtually evolve itself and rely on our gut feeling, because the film – and he quoted a line from the screenplay – ‘has a life of its own’”.

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