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In the Prime of Her Life

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In the Prime of Her Life

(Fic. 58 min, DVD, 2010)
  • Language: Hebrew and Russian with English subtitles
  • Directed by: Lina & Slava Chaplin
  • Produced by: Yehuda Bitton
  • Supported by: IBA-Channel 1 & The Rabinowitz Foundation


Based on a short story by SY Agnon

In This modern adaptation of S.Y. Agnon’s story takes place in a small city at the edge of the desert. In this barren landscape, Tirza, a young woman who lives alone with her father, becomes entranced by Akaviah Mazal, a lecturer at the college where she is studying. As she gets lost in the secrets of their entwined past, enchantment turns to obsession and Tirza does everything in her power to get Mazal’s attention and win his heart. Despite the warnings and fears of those closest to her, Tirza pursues her dangerous quest for love. Will she succeed in righting the injustices of the past and break the tragic cycle of fate, or will she simply perpetuate it?



  • Premier at the Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2010


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