Saint Clara

Directed by Ari Folman and Ori Sivan

Release Year: 1996
Running Time: 85
Color Type: Color
Country: Israel, Middle East
Language: Hebrew w/ English subt. [audio]
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Screening Info
Cast
Lucy Dubinchik

Crew
Directed by Ari Folman and Ori Sivan

One of the most popular Israeli films of the 1990’s, Saint Clara presents a
jumpy, highly energetic, lively, off-kilter Israel where love and the
apocalypse seem interconnected. Beautiful Lucy Dubinchik stars as Clara, a
Russian immigrant teenager whose clairvoyant powers create mayhem among the
students at Golda Meir Junior High School. When the entire seventh grade
class gets perfect scores on a math exam, the faculty is thrown into a
crisis. Determined to stamp out this challenge to their authority, the
teachers trace the source to Clara. Soon, Clara’s powers disrupt the whole
town as she picks winning lottery numbers and predicts an earthquake.
Clara’s powers may not last, however... she will lose them the first time
she falls in love. Hardly your typical teenage comedy, Saint Clara, directed
by Ari Folman and Ori Sivan, from a novel by Czech dissident Pavel Kohout,
has been called a cross between David Lynch and John Hughes. It is a rich
example of the original talent thriving in Israeli cinema.One of the most
popular Israeli films of the 1990’s, Saint Clara presents a jumpy, highly
energetic, lively, off-kilter Israel where love and the apocalypse seem
interconnected.

Israel 1996 84 min. Color Original Aspect Ratio (1.33:1)
In Hebrew with optional English subtitles

MAREK ROZENBAUM & URI SABAG present SAINT CLARA a film by ARI FOLMAN & ORI
SIVAN
based on a novel by PAVEL & JELENA KOHOUT
starring LUCY DUBINCHIK HALIL ELOHEV JOHNNY PETERSON MAYA MARON MAYA
DE-FRIES TAL FEIGENBOIM and YIGAL NAOR
production design ARIEL GLAZER costume design NATAN ELKANOVICH
cinematography VALENTIN BELONOGOV editing by DOV STEUER
original music by BARRY SAHAROV produced by MAREK ROZENBAUM & URI SABAG
written and directed by ARI FOLMAN & ORI SIVAN
© 1996 Israeli Film Fund - Paralight Ltd. - Transfax Film Productions

Educational Reviews

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Critical Acclaim

“An Israeli film with attitude
Exceptionally fine... Welcome to the Dollhouse
crossed with Village of the Damned.”
–J. Hoberman, VILLAGE VOICE



"Surreal...Magical." -- Larry Worth, New York Post

“AN EXHILARATING COLLISION OF CZECH
SURREALISM AND EARTHY ISRAELI COMEDY.”
-Stephen Holden, THE NEW YORK TIMES