Filmmaker Talya Lavie steps into the spotlight with a zany, dark comedic portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female Israeli soldiers. The human resources office at a remote desert base serves as the setting for this cast of characters who bide their time pushing paper and battling in computer games, counting down the minutes until they can return to civilian life. Amidst their boredom and clashing personalities, issues of commitment—to friendship, love, and country—are handled with humor and sharp-edged wit. A decorated veteran herself (of film) with time spent at Sundance Labs, Berlinale, and MoMA, Lavie combats the status quo by flipping genre on its head and bending gender roles to a delightful extreme.
Drama, Female Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s), Returning Filmmaker, First Time Filmmaker
About the Director(s)
Director and screenwriter Talya Lavie’s short film, Sliding Flora, screened at MoMA in New York and in over 40 film festivals worldwide. Her thesis film, The Substitute, received several international awards, notably the Audience Award at the Berlinale and first prizes at the Munich International Short Film Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival. After participating in the Sundance Directors and Screenwriters Lab, Zero Motivation is her first feature film.
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