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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE NARRATIVE

RABIES

TFF 2011 Directed by Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE RABIES [TFF 2011]
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A psychotic serial killer on the loose in the woods crosses paths with a group of unsuspecting teenagers, and soon people are dying one by one. It's a popular horror premise, but mobilized in a refreshingly novel iteration by first-time filmmakers Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado. Among a brother and sister with a dark secret, a kindly forest ranger and his old dog, and four tennis players waylaid by a pair of unhinged local cops, misunderstandings and fear pull Rabies' protagonists inexorably deeper into the infectious, indiscriminate violence foreshadowed in the film's title.

Subverting genre conventions with a smart script and plenty of unexpected scares, Rabies' careful escalation draws viewers and protagonists alike convincingly into the film's snowballing cycles of violence and fear, grounding its grisly content and high-concept premise in an uncommonly believable world rarely seen within the horror formula. Rabies is a surprising debut starring some of Israel's biggest young actors, and worthy of its mantle as Israel's first-ever horror film.

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A psychotic serial killer on the loose in the woods crosses paths with a group of unsuspecting teenagers, and soon people are dying one by one. It's a popular horror premise, but mobilized in a refreshingly novel iteration by first-time filmmakers Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado. Among a brother and sister with a dark secret, a kindly forest ranger and his old dog, and four tennis players waylaid by a pair of unhinged local cops, misunderstandings and fear pull Rabies' protagonists inexorably deeper into the infectious, indiscriminate violence foreshadowed in the film's title.

Subverting genre conventions with a smart script and plenty of unexpected scares, Rabies' careful escalation draws viewers and protagonists alike convincingly into the film's snowballing cycles of violence and fear, grounding its grisly content and high-concept premise in an uncommonly believable world rarely seen within the horror formula. Rabies is a surprising debut starring some of Israel's biggest young actors, and worthy of its mantle as Israel's first-ever horror film.

Film Information
Year: 2010
Length: 90 minutes
Language: Hebrew
Country: Israel
Premiere: North American
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Ania Bukstein, Danny Geva, Yael Grobglas, Ran Danker, Ofer Shecter
Producer: Chilik Michaeli, Avraham Pirchi, Tami Leon, Julia Schifter
Editor: Navot Papushado, Aharon Keshales
Director of Photography: Guy Raz
Composer: Frank Ilfman
Sound Design: Ronen Nagel, Tomer Eliav
Contacts

Director
Navot Papushado
UCM
Tel Aviv, 67067
Phone: +9.723.627.62.00
navotp@yahoo.com

Director
Aharon Keshales
UCM
Tel Aviv, 67067
Phone: +9.726.273.62.00
aharon09@012.net.il

Producer
Chilik Michaeli
UCM
Tel Aviv, 67067
Phone: +9.723.627.62.00
ucoi@netvision.net.il

Submitter
Lauren Acton
UCM
Tel Aviv, 67067
Phone: +9.723.627.6205
lauren@ucm-film.com

Press Contact
Michaeli Chilik
Tel Aviv, 67067
Phone: +972 36 27 62 02
chilikm@netvision.net.il

Director
Navot Papushado
UCM
Tel Aviv, 67067
Phone: +9.723.627.62.00
navotp@yahoo.com

Director
Aharon Keshales
UCM
Tel Aviv, 67067
Phone: +9.726.273.62.00
aharon09@012.net.il

Producer
Chilik Michaeli
UCM
Tel Aviv, 67067
Phone: +9.723.627.62.00
ucoi@netvision.net.il

Submitter
Lauren Acton
UCM
Tel Aviv, 67067
Phone: +9.723.627.6205
lauren@ucm-film.com

Press Contact
Michaeli Chilik
Tel Aviv, 67067
Phone: +972 36 27 62 02
chilikm@netvision.net.il

Special Note

 



Co-hosted by

Consulate General of Israel in New York

About the Director(s)
AHARON KESHALES was born in Jaffa, Israel and graduated from the film department at Tel Aviv University. He produced the film Zeitgeist and also works as a critic and lecturer. NAVOT PAPUSHADO was born in Haifa and also graduated from Tel Aviv University. He directed the short films New Born and Zeitgeist, which have screened at Cannes, Moscow, and Rome. Rabies is Aharon's and Navot's first feature film.

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