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Alyah (film).jpg
Film poster
Directed by Elie Wajeman
Produced by Lola Gans
Written by Gaëlle Macé
Elie Wajeman
Starring Adele Haenel, Cédric Kahn
Cinematography David Chizallet
Distributed by Rézo Films (France), Film Movement (USA)[1]
Release date
  • May 2012 (2012-05) (Cannes)
Running time
90 minutes
Country France
Language French, Hebrew
Budget $1.5 million
Box office $275,000[2]

Alyah is a 2012 French drama film directed by Elie Wajeman.[3][4]


Alex, a 27-year-old Jewish drug dealer who lives in Paris, plans to do his Aliyah and move to Israel for the chance of a better life.[3][4][5] His brother, Isaac, keeps pestering him for money.[3][4] During the course of a Shabbat dinner at their aunt's house, we learn they lack parental support.[3] Alex's desire to move to Israel is not so much grown out of Zionism, but because nothing holds him back in France, in spite of his recent encounter with a gentile girl, Jeanne.[3][4][5] The final scene highlights Israel's multicultural culture.[3]


  • Pio Marmaï as Alex Raphaelson
  • Cédric Kahn as Isaac Raphaelson
  • Adèle Haenel as Jeanne
  • Guillaume Gouix as Mathias
  • Sarah Lepicard as Esther
  • David Geselson as Nathan
  • Olivier Desautel as Polo
  • Jean-Marie Winling as the father
  • Mar Sodupe as Anaëlle
  • Aimé Vaucher as Gabriel
  • Bertrand Constant as Claude
  • Marion Picard as Rébecca
  • Brigitte Jaques-Wajeman as the aunt
  • Louise Roch as Lucie
  • Jean-Baptiste Azéma as the customer
  • Sophie Piccioto as the secretary of the consistory
  • Zohar Wexler as Nadav
  • Djibril Gueye as a friend of Polo's
  • Kianoush Moghadam as another friend of Polo's
  • Daniel Eliya as the security guard of the Jewish agent's
  • Michaël Abiteboul as the shaliah


The film was screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[6][7] It was also shown at the 2012 Haifa International Film Festival and the Cabourg Film Festival.[8][9]

Variety reviewed the film favorably, suggesting the cast was "solid." and that the film deserve a "wider audience" than "Francophone arthouses and Jewish fests".[3] For Les Echos, it is "the best French film in a long time", as it shows many social classes in Paris, and admits the fact that Paris, as pretty as it is, has nothing left to offer.[4]


  1. ^ Gregg Kilday, Film Movement Picks Up Elie Wajeman's 'Aliyah', The Hollywood Reporter, 14 June 2012
  2. ^ "ALYAH (2012)". JP' Box-Office. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Boyd van Hoeij, Aliyah, Variety, 20 May 2012
  4. ^ a b c d e Adrien Gombeaud, Alyah d'Elie Wajeman, Les Echos, 19 September 2012
  5. ^ a b Guillaume Loison, Alyah d’Elie Wajeman, Le Nouvel Observateur, 18 September 2012
  6. ^ Leffler, Rebecca. "Cannes 2012: Michel Gondry’s 'The We & The I' to Open Director's Fortnight". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "2012 Selection". Directors' Fortnight. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Haifa Film Festival
  9. ^ Festival du film de Cabourg

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