Tehilim (film)

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Film poster
Directed by Raphael Nadjari
Produced by Geoffroy Grison
Fred Bellaiche
Marek Rosenbaum
Itai Tamir
Noah Harlan
Written by Raphaël Nadjari
Vincent Poymiro (fr)
Starring Michael Moshonov
Limor Goldstein
Yonathan Alster
Shmuel Vilojni
Yohav Hait
Ilan Dar
Reut Lev
Music by Nathaniel Méchaly
Cinematography Laurent Brunet
Edited by Sean Foley
Distributed by Haut et Court
Release date
  • 20 May 2007 (2007-05-20) (Cannes)
  • 30 May 2007 (2007-05-30) (France)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Israel
Language Hebrew

Tehilim is Raphael Nadjari's fifth feature film. It was shot in Jerusalem in 2006. Tehilim in the Hebrew word for Psalms.


Scene from the movie.

In contemporary Jerusalem, a small Jewish family leads an ordinary life until following a car accident, the father mysteriously disappears. They all deal with his absence and the difficulties of everyday life as best they can. While the adults take refuge in silence or traditions, the two children, Menachem and David, seek their own way to find their father.


Format and release[edit]

The film was shot in HD, using prime lenses. The film was released in France by Haut et Court, in Spain, Belgium and Germany and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York[1] the following year.

Tehilim received top prize in the Tokyo Filmex.[2] The jury conducted by Lee Chang Dong wrote the following statement : "The mysterious loss of the father of an average Israeli family brings to the fore a universal problem of today's world - the lack of orientation. It is left to the individual whether to see this as a human subject matter, an intimate story or a reflection of Israeli society today. It is told in a personal style, which - as world cinema- transgresses borders and religions.".[3]

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