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Date Location Tickets
4/20 - 4/29 VIRTUAL SCREENING WATCH

Miami Premiere

Asia

Directed by Ruthy Pribar

Israel | 85 minutes | 2020

Hebrew with English subtitles

In this poignant drama claiming the top prize at the Israeli Academy Awards, Shira Haas (star of the Emmy-nominated series Unorthodox and MJFF 2021 film Broken Mirrors) is exceptional as a rebellious teen dealing with a progressive illness and fraught relationship with her free-spirited mother. A single parent at an early age, Asia (Alena Yiv) emigrated from Russia with daughter Vika, and works long hours as a nurse in Jerusalem. Both are stubborn, opinionated, and brusque. As Vika enters adulthood, she tests boundaries and inevitably rebels against her mother's lax parenting. But as her daughter’s health worsens, Asia must become the mother Vika desperately needs. Comparable to Michael Haneke's Academy Award-winning film Amour in its unflinching depiction of love, sacrifice, and mortality, the assured feature debut of writer-director Ruthy Pribar is Israel's official entry to the Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film.

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Ruthy Pribar graduated with honors from Sam Spiegel Film School in 2012. Her short films Last Calls and The Caregiver screened and awarded at numerous festivals worldwide. Asia, which was chosen for the Cannes Cinéfondation Residence program, is her feature film debut.
Director Ruthy Pribar
Countries of Production Israel
Year of Presentation 2020
Language(s) Hebrew with English subtitles
Premiere Status Miami Premiere
Runtime 85 minutes
Principal Cast Shira Haas, Alena Yiv, Tamir Mula
Sponsor(s)

Barbara & Robert Goldfarb, Amy & David Scharlin, and Dean & Jania Victoria Ziff

Award(s)

Israel's entry to the Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film

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