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Isr-Ger. 2011. 87mins Director/screenplay Hagar Ben Asher Production companies Transfax Film Productions, Rohfilm International sales Films Distribution, www. filmsdistribution.com Producers Marek Rozenbaum, Benny Drechsel Cinematography Amit Yasour Editor Asaf Korman Production designer Shunit Aharoni Main cast Hagar Ben Asher, Ishai Golan, Icho Avital, Yoav Levi, Tzahi Hanan, Stav Yanai, Daria Forman


Discovering new talent is what really makes or breaks a film festival. That’s why the winners of the World Soundtrack Award: ‘Discovery of the Year’ hold a special place in the hearts of all Academy members. The list of discoveries since 2001 is impressive and proves that the World Soundtrack Awards often paved the way to Oscars, Baftas or Grammy’s!


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, www.worldsoundtrackacademy.com www.filmfestival.be The Slut REVIEWED BY DAN FAINARU


Writing, directing and playing the lead part of a woman who insists on her right to be promiscuous may be too much of a challenge for a debut film. Hagar Ben Asher introduced the same themes she develops here in her earlier short Pathways, which won a Cinéfondation award several years ago, but as they stand now, they would fit much more comfortably into yet another short. To elaborate her fierce feminist statements, Ben Asher creates


laboratory conditions which suggest her opinions work better in theory than they would in practice, and her acting performance — pivotal for the success of the entire venture — is too bland and ineffective to convey the complexity of the part she plays. Though its provocative title and subject may well open a few festival and arthouse doors, critical support for The Slut (Han- otenet) will most probably be limited. Tamar (Ben Asher) owns a chicken farm in a desolate vil-


lage, where she lives with her two young daughters, Mika (Yanai) and Noa (Forman). Endowed with a healthy sexual appetite that she sees no reason to keep in check, she gener- ously services the men of the village, without ever feeling the need for stable ties with any of them. The surrounding animals, and their prominent presence


throughout the film, suggest Tamar is a bit like them: unbridled and free of spirit. That is, until Shai (Golan), a vet who used to live in the village, returns to take over his late mother’s house. The two start an affair which risks leading to an almost con-


ventional relationship: he takes care of her daughters, impreg- nates her and cares for her; but at the same time, his sincere affection surrounds her with a kind of emotional fence which she enjoys at first but then rebels against with all her might. For her arguments to prevail, Ben Asher starts by making sure


all social considerations are thrown out of the window — the vil- lage looks almost abandoned; there are no women in it (other- wise, who knows whether they would have appreciated sharing their men so liberally); the vet takes care of animals which no one seems to own; the daughters grow up like wild flowers, their mother being too busy satisfying her own needs. Whether there is any satisfaction or not remains a mystery, for neither she nor her partners express anything much in this department. The picture is packed with unanswered riddles, such as the


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identity of her daughters’ father (or fathers), and there is an insinuation they may grow to be just like their mother. Symbols are often repeated — the vet putting a dog in the kennel or keep- ing a rabbit in a cage — while all social intercourse is reduced to frequent, but not particularly exciting, acts of intercourse.


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