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BARREN (Israel)

May 27, 2023 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:00 pm

Feigi and Naftali are a young childless ultraorthodox couple living with Naftali’s parents.  A couple struggling with infertility. Naftali travels overseas to pray for a child at Rabbi Nachman’s grave, leaving his wife Feigi with Rabbi Eliyahu, a guest who claims to be a healer. Against her will, the rabbi undertakes a ‘spiritual treatment’ to help her out. When Naftali returns, he faces a crisis when he discovers the ‘treatment’ true nature, raising fundamental questions about his faith and trust in his community. .

I chose to deal with the conflict between faith, religion and sexuality, the dark place
where the urge breaks through under the cover of mystical belief
– Mordechai Vardi
“Beautifully photographed and acted”
-The Jerusalem Post
WINNER, Best Feature Film, Festival of Israeli Cinema in Paris 2023
Israeli Competition, Jerusalem International Film Festival 2022
Official Selection, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2022
Official Selection, International Film Festival of India 2022
Genre:  Drama
Run time:  108 min
Country:  Israel
Language:  Hebrew w/English subtitles
Premiere:  Palm Springs
Director:  Mordechai Vardi
Writer:  Mordechai Vardi
Producers:  Haggai Arad | Aharon Peer | Elad Peleg
Composer:  Avi Belleli
Cinematographer:  Uri Ackerman
Principal Cast:  Mili Eshet, Yoav Rotman ,Ilanit Ben Yaakov, Nevo Kimchi, Gil Frank
Distributor:  Go2Films


May 27, 2023
10:00 am to approx. 12:00 pm
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Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center
2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States


Desert Film Society