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Florida Premiere

A Place in Heaven

Directed by Yossi Madmoni

Israel | 117 minutes | 2013

Hebrew with English subtitles

In the nascent years of Israel, an outstanding officer nicknamed Bambi (Alon Aboutboul) returns from a mission. He is met by a young army cook, a religious Holocaust survivor who believes there is a special place in heaven for those willing to sacrifice their lives for others. The cook offers the officer a meal in exchange for his seat in heaven. What follows is a sweeping and unforgettable story of the ensuing decades of the soon-to-be general's life, as his personal history inextricably entwines with the history of a nation. Yossi Madmony’s quasi-biblical film explores the history of Israel through 40 years and three wars, but at its heart, it is a densely layered film of love, betrayal, and faith.

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Yossi Madmony has directed three feature films to date having been widely acclaimed in Israel and abroad. The Barbecue People (2003) was nominated for 12 Israeli Ophir Awards, Restoration (2011) was nominated for 11 Israeli Ophir Awards and won Best Screenplay in the World Dramatic Competition at Sundance. A Place in Heaven (2013) is Yossi's latest film and has been nominated for 10 Israeli Ophir Awards.
Foreign Title Makom Be-gan Eden
Director Yossi Madmoni
Countries of Production Israel
Year of Presentation 2013
Language(s) Hebrew with English subtitles
Premiere Status Florida Premiere
Runtime 117 minutes
Principal Cast Alon Aboutboul, Rotem Zussman, Michael Aloni, Keren Berger, Gabi Amrani

Nominated for 10 Israeli Ophir Awards

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