“A crafted, thoughtful and quietly gripping snapshot of internal social conflicts rarely examined in Israeli cinema.” - Variety
Ania Bukstein (Game of Thrones) stars as Naomi, a secular Israeli suffering a personal crisis that threatens to derail her career as a concert pianist. Fleeing Tel Aviv, she moves to Jerusalem and rents an apartment in a Haredi neighbourhood. Disdain towards a secular woman soon turns to outright hostility when Naomi befriends an Italian monk who teaches her to play the pipe organ. While these relationships allow Naomi to reconnect with her love of music and sense of meaning, they also make her a target in her new community. Faced with escalating isolation and violence, Naomi must learn to use music as a bridge to overcome towering religious barriers.
Delivering a nuanced examination of the tensions between Jerusalem’s secular and religious communities, A Quiet Heart is a riveting suspense thriller about the evils of religious intolerance.
Winner of the Grand Prize at the 2016 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.
Producer, Gal Greenspan, is a guest of the festival.
Selected sessions will screen with Mr Bernstein.
92 mins / Hebrew (English subtitles)
Director — Eitan Anner