Assaf Bernstein

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Assaf Bernstein
Born (1970-07-07) July 7, 1970 (age 48)
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Michal Bernstein

Assaf Bernstein (born 8 July 1970) is an Israeli Screenwriter, Film director and Film producer.

Life and works[edit]

Bernstein was born in Israel and graduated cum laude from NYU Film School.

Bernstein began his film career with two documentary short subjects, "It Belongs to the Bank" (1999), a "social documentary," which follows a woman bailiff's journey through Arab villages and urban slums as she seizes property from Israel's poor;[1] and "Holy for Me" (1995),[2] a "spoof" on tours, guides, and visits to the holy sites of Jerusalem, which won the 1995 Best Short Film award at the Jerusalem Film Festival.[3]

In 2007, Bernstein directed the 2007 film The Debt (Hebrew: HaChov or HaHov), starring Gila Almagor. The movie is about three former Israeli Mossad agents who must confront a secret from their past. Bernstein also wrote and co-produced the film, and later helped write the 2010 U.S. English-language remake, also titled The Debt and starring Oscar-winning actresses Jessica Chastain and Helen Mirren. [4]

In 2012 Bernstein directed The series "Allenby Street", which debuted in 2012, follows the story of a nightclub on Tel Aviv's Allenby Street, and one of the strippers, portrayed by Moran Atias, working in it. The series is based on the best-selling novel "Allenby Street," by Gadi Taub [5]

Bernstein also directed and served as showrunner for the complete first season of the internationally acclaimed television series, Fauda. The series is distributed by the online streaming service Netflix, billed as a Netflix original program, and premiered on 2 December 2016.[6] In 2016, the show took six awards, including Best Drama Series, at the Israeli Academy Awards.[7] In December 2017, The New York Times voted Fauda the best international show of 2017, calling it, "The grittiest, tightest, most lived-in thrillers come from Israel." [8] In 2018, the show took 11 Israeli TV Academy Awards, including best TV drama, best actor for Lior Raz and also best screenplay, casting, cinematography, recording, special effects and in other categories.[9]

In 2018 he wrote and directed the film Look Away (film) starring India Eisley, Mira Sorvino and Jason Isaacs. Look Away (film) is a psychological thriller [10] that tells the story of Maria, an alienated high-school student whose life is turned upside down when she switches places with her sinister mirror image. [11]

Bernstein is currently working on a film adaptation of Stephen King's Rose_Madder_(novel). [12]


As Director[edit]

Year Title
1995 Holy for Me
1999 It Belongs to the Bank
2007 The Debt (2007 film)
2012 Allenby St. (TV Series)
2015 Fauda Series 1
2018 Look Away (Film)
2019 Warrior (TV series) Pilot[13]

As Producer[edit]

Year Title
2007 The Debt (2007 film)
2018 Look Away (Film)

As Writer[edit]

Year Title
2007 The Debt (2007 film)
2010 The Debt
2018 Look Away (Film)


  1. ^ MovieWatch, accessed February 19, 2011.
  2. ^ IMDB bio, accessed February 19, 2011.
  3. ^ Brandeis Jewish Film Catalog, accessed February 19, 2011.
  4. ^ Scott, A.O. (31 August 2011). "Heroic Past Erodes in Present". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  5. ^ "TNT Brazil to Adopt Hit Israeli Drama". Haaretz. 2014-11-26. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  6. ^
  7. ^ Next season's Fauda to reflect real news, says creator
  8. ^ Poniewozik, James; Hale, Mike; Lyons, Margaret (2017-12-04). "The Best TV Shows of 2017". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  9. ^ Stern, Itay (2018-03-12). "Israeli Emmys: 'Fauda' Wins Best TV Drama, 'Shababnikim' Best TV Comedy". Haaretz. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  10. ^ "First trailer for mirror Image horror film 'Look Away' released". The News International. 3 October 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  11. ^ LEIGHTON, SUSAN (1 October 2018). "Look Away: Your reflection is more than what it seems". FanSided. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  12. ^ "From 'Fauda's Assaf Bernstein On 'Rose Madder' To 'The Shining' Onstage: What's Behind Stephen King's Hollywood Renaissance?". Deadline. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  13. ^ "A Tale of Two Bruce Lees: WARRIOR, KUNG FU, and Reclaiming a 'Stolen' Legacy". 13 October 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2018.

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