The Substitute

North American Premiere

Israel | 19 MINUTES | Hebrew |


Zohara has been waiting to go home ever since she was first stationed at a distant military base, but when the day arrives her hopes evaporate. The soldier sent to replace her appears to be suicidal. Instead of leaving, Zohara is ordered to guard the new girl. In Hebrew.


Directed by Ben Thompson and Talya Lavie

The Substitute is the M.F.A. thesis project of Israeli-born filmmaker Talya Lavie. Prior to earning her graduate degree at the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in 2005, Lavie studied animation at the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design. Her previous short film, Sliding Flora (2003), played at over thirty festivals worldwide (including the Berlinale), won seven international prizes, and received a screening at the Museum of Modern Art.