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Mixed Feelings

Guy Davidi / Israel - Norway / 2016 / 77 ' / Hebrew / S.T. English


Yoav Gershon & Ruben Korenfeld
Noa Kornberg
Anna Somershaf & Kristian Mosvold
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Winner, Best Documentary, Epos Film Festival Tel Aviv

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An intimate account of personal resistance and collective conformity, and the ways in which Israel’s oppression of Palestine is embodied in its citizens.


Amir Orian had everything an actor could ever dream of: leading roles in the biggest Israeli theaters and movies; successful TV shows and achieved major cultural influence as a prominent theater critic. And yet, in 1985, he decided to leave it all behind and create his own experimental theater in the house where he grew up. He called it "The Room Theater." His talent as an actor translated to great talent as an instructor and some of the most successful actors in Israel started their career in his acting studio. MIXED FEELINGS paints a portrait of a free-thinking artist who rebels against conventions. 

The year begins as a group of young actors comes to study Amir's unique method. Amir inspires the actors to explore personal experiences and express them on stage. The harsh and complex reality seeps into the small room when the Israeli attack on Gaza breaks out in December 2008. Hundreds of Palestinians are bombed by an immense airstrike; the public response to 'Operation Cast Lead' destabilizes the deep relationships in "The Room", jeopardizing the continuation of the acting school. However, anger, sadness, and frustration are powerful emotions and Amir encourages the students to use them in their acting. MIXED FEELINGS shows the ability of emotional expression to create social and political change. 


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