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Eyes Wide Open
(Einaym Pkuhot)

Directed by
Haim Tabakman
Israel, Germany, France / 2009 / 112 minutes

In Hebrew and Yiddish with English subtitles
US Premiere
Screening Times and Venues:
Bearsville Theater
10/03/2009, 1:45PM
Upstate Films I
10/04/2009, 2:45PM
Husband and father Reb Aaron belongs to the insular world of the ultra orthodox where life is defined by ritual and prayer and codes of behavior are strictly enforced. But his ties to these ancient traditions begin to fray when he meets a young, handsome drifter looking for work. Initially irritated by the seductive stranger, Aaron ultimately takes him on, offering work as well as lodging in a room above his butcher shop. Warned by the elders of trouble ahead, Aaron is unable to repress the disturbing new urges Ezry arouses in him, and Rivka, Aaron’s stoic, sometimes childlike wife, is no match for the passionate, hedonistic Ezry. The Mikvah, or ritual cleansing bath proscribed by Judaic law, becomes a potent symbol for sins too great to be washed away. “Eyes Wide Open” is an unflinching foray into a seldom seen world; riveting, uncompromising and bound to create controversy. (Barbara Pokras, A.C.E.)
Born in 1975, Haim Tabakman studied Cinema and Television at the University of Tel Aviv. His first short film, "Free Loaders," was selected in 2003 by the Cannes Film Foundation (Cinefondation), as well as by the Karlovy Vary and Montpellier Film Festivals.

In 2004, another of his short films, "The Poet's Home," was amongst the Cinefondation's film selections at the Cannes Film Festival. Tabakman has also edited several films, including "My Father, My Lord" by David Volach. "Eyes Wide Open" is his first full-length feature film.

Cast/Featuring: Zohar Strauss, Ran Danker, Ravit Rozen
Producer(s): Rafael Katz, Michael Eckelt, Isabelle Attal, David C. Barrot
Director(s): Haim Tabakman
Screenwriter(s): Merav Doster
Cinematographer(s): Axel Schneppat
Editor(s): Dov Toren
Composer(s)/Music: Nathaniel Mechaly
Sound Editor(s): Gil Toren
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