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NARRATIVE FEATURE | 90 MIN | 2011

RABIES

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A psychotic serial killer on the loose in the woods crosses paths with a group of unsuspecting teenagers, and soon people are dying one by one. It's a popular horror premise, but mobilized in a refreshingly novel iteration by first-time filmmakers Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado. Among a brother and sister with a dark secret, a kindly forest ranger and his old dog, and four tennis players waylaid by a pair of unhinged local cops, misunderstandings and fear pull Rabies' protagonists inexorably deeper into the infectious, indiscriminate violence foreshadowed in the film's title.

Subverting genre conventions with a smart script and plenty of unexpected scares, Rabies' careful escalation draws viewers and protagonists alike convincingly into the film's snowballing cycles of violence and fear, grounding its grisly content and high-concept premise in an uncommonly believable world rarely seen within the horror formula. Rabies is a surprising debut starring some of Israel's biggest young actors, and worthy of its mantle as Israel's first-ever horror film.

Film Information
Year: 2010
Length: 90 minutes
Language: Hebrew
Country: Israel
Premiere: North American
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Ania Bukstein, Danny Geva, Yael Grobglas, Ran Danker, Ofer Shecter
Producer: Chilik Michaeli, Avraham Pirchi, Tami Leon, Julia Schifter
Editor: Navot Papushado, Aharon Keshales
Director of Photography: Guy Raz
Composer: Frank Ilfman
Sound Design: Ronen Nagel, Tomer Eliav
Press Contacts

Press Contact
Michaeli Chilik
Tel Aviv, 67067
Phone: +972 36 27 62 02
chilikm@netvision.net.il

Press Contact
Michaeli Chilik
Tel Aviv, 67067
Phone: +972 36 27 62 02
chilikm@netvision.net.il

Special Note

 



Co-hosted by

Consulate General of Israel in New York

About the Director(s)
AHARON KESHALES was born in Jaffa, Israel and graduated from the film department at Tel Aviv University. He produced the film Zeitgeist and also works as a critic and lecturer. NAVOT PAPUSHADO was born in Haifa and also graduated from Tel Aviv University. He directed the short films New Born and Zeitgeist, which have screened at Cannes, Moscow, and Rome. Rabies is Aharon's and Navot's first feature film.

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