About The Film
Sterling performances highlight the sensitive and heartbreaking story of a mentally disabled but strong-willed young Israeli woman who struggles for independence.
The radiant Moran Rosenblatt (Apples from the Dessert) won the Israeli Academy Award for her portrayal of an impossible dreamer who lives with her loving but overprotective mother in a Negev desert town. Socially alienated by a childhood brain injury, Hagit finds escape in designing bridal gowns and dolls out of leftover materials from the toilet paper factory where she works. All too aware of life’s cruel disappointments, her divorcée mother Sarah (Assi Levy) worries that her daughter cannot separate her romantic fantasies from real life. These aching emotional dynamics culminate in the film’s final act, as the factory’s closure threatens Hagit’s inflated dreams of marrying the boss’ handsome son (Roy Assaf).
Nominated for nine Israeli Academy Awards, WEDDING DOLL also scored big at the Jerusalem International Film Festival, with Best Supporting Actress honors for Levy and Best Israeli Debut Feature prize for first-time writer-director Nitzan Gilady.