My Australia

My Australia  {Australia Sheli}
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My Australia
Australia Sheli
Israel, 2011, 100 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Poland
Topics: Coming of Age, History, Jewish Interest, Middle East
Program: World Cinema
Language: Hebrew English Sub-Titles

Awards: Audience Award, Jerusalem Film Festival

In the mid-1960s, two young Polish brothers involved in an anti-Semitic crime receive a rude awakening when they learn that they are actually Jewish and their mother is moving them to Israel. Based on writer/director Ami Drozd’s own history, My Australia’s portrayal of the youngsters’ struggle to accept their new identity has an affecting emotional honesty. The tale unfolds from the p.o.v. of 10-year-old Tadek, who is growing up with no father in the picture. Along with his 14-year-old brother Andrzej, he gravitates toward a neo-Nazi street gang. Their feckless mother Halina, a Holocaust survivor given to trading on her good looks, tells a pack of lies to get the boys released from prison, but can’t quite bring herself to reveal the truth of their origins. She eventually delegates this task to Andrzej, while telling Tadek that they are moving to Australia, a country that he fetishizes. Unable to find paying work after the family arrives in Haifa, Halina decides to dump the boys at a kibbutz, which is where culture shock really sets in…. Winner: Audience Award, Jerusalem Film Festival

Producer: Marek Rozenbaum, Itai Tamir, Dariusz Jablonski, Violetta Kaminska, Izabela Wojcikl
Editor: Ami Drozd, Haim Tabakman
Screenwriter: Ami Drozd
Cinematographer: Adam Sikora
Music: Ofir Leibovitz, Janusz Stoklosa
Principal Cast: Jakub Wróblewski, Aleksandra Poplawska, Lukasz Sikora
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Delphis Films -

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