Saint Clara (film)

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Saint Clara
original film poster
Directed by Ari Folman and Ori Sivan
Produced by Guy Asaf
Written by Ari Folman
Starring Lucy Dubinchik
Music by Berry Sakharof
Cinematography Valentin Belonogov
Edited by Dov Stoyer
Distributed by Kino International
Release date
  • 1 November 1996 (1996-11-01)
Running time
85 minutes
Country Israel
Language Hebrew

Saint Clara (Hebrew: קלרה הקדושה‎) is a 1996 Israeli film directed by Ari Folman and Ori Sivan. It is based on the novel The Ideas of Saint Clara by Pavel Kohout. The film was selected as the Israeli entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 69th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[1][2]


The film takes place in 1999 in a small Israeli town, in which a young girl called Clara (Lucy Dubinchik) discovers that she has paranormal powers that allow her to predict the future.

That discovery causes mayhem in the town as its people try to take advantage of Clara's powers and people escape the town as her powers have discovered a leak in the nearby nuclear plant. Clara herself has to choose between her powers and her one true love.


Actor Role Description
Lucy Dubinchik Clara Chanov A strange girl who recently immigrated from Russia to Israel.
Halil Elohev Eddie Tikel Clara's main romantic interest, who plots rebellious activities with Rosy.
Yigal Naor Headmaster Tissona An eccentric headmaster, who is fascinated by Clara.
Johnny Peterson Rosy Eddie's best friend, who is also in love with Clara.
Maya Maron Libby A tomboyish girl, friend of Eddie and Rosy.


The film won 6 Ophir Awards, for best film, directing, best actress, best supporting actor, best editing and best music. It also won the best film award at the Haifa International Film Festival.

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  1. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  2. ^ "39 Countries Hoping for Oscar Nominations". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 13 November 1996. Archived from the original on 9 February 1999. Retrieved 5 October 2015.

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