The Israeli black comedy Ducks – An Urban Legend, which has its world premiere in the international competition at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, has presented its trailer. Fortissimo Films handles international distribution.
The film, directed by Shahar Rozen, is set in the Tel Aviv neighborhood of HaTikva, which means “hope” in Hebrew, and revolves around Yossi, Chris, Asaf, Anna and Elias.
Yossi loves Chris and puts their wedding together without funds. When Asaf’s grandfather dies, Anna and Asaf do everything they can to keep the old man’s pension. Elias happens to be a hero. They all have a moment of grace in their lives where they seem to reach a turning point, but they all end up just floating like rubber ducks in the ocean.
Rozen comments: “As a human being you have different roles in life. You are a daughter or a son, a wife or a husband, a father or a mother. You are boss or employee, friend or foe. You are a victim or a perpetrator. You are part of a family, a workplace and a neighborhood.
“Between all of these roles, you must learn what you are willing to do to survive and how to overcome your childhood traumas to discover who you really are.
“Our film was developed by the cast of actors and writers who lived, studied and worked in the neighborhood called ‘Hope.’ We collected stories from our friends and neighbors and weaved them with stories from our own lives into a collage about people living and struggling in a neighborhood on the wrong side of Tel Aviv.”
The film stars Roi Miller, Diana Abramov, Erez Drigues, Rinat Matatov and Sarel Pitrman and is produced by Oren Rogovin and Omer Rogovin for Rogovin Brothers and Moshe Edery and Leon Edery for United King Films.
Rozen’s 2000 documentary Liebe Perla won the Magnolia Prize at the Shanghai Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Istanbul Film Festival. In 2001 he was awarded Best TV Drama for Mother V at the Jerusalem Film Festival and received a Special Mention at Cinema Tout Ecran in Switzerland.
https://variety.com/2022/film/global/ducks-an-urban-legend-tallinn-film-festival-1235430177/ ‘Ducks – An Urban Legend’ debuts trailers ahead of Tallinn Film Festival premiere