"When I just began this journey, I planned to portray World War II from a perspective of our time, a milestone in history - when an army of seniorsoldiers, witnesses - are almost gone, but instead I found love and peace. So this film is a farewellletter for those who participated in that war." (Efim Graboy)
© Yahaly Gat, Efim Graboy
A young filmmaker encounters a self-assured veteran: Raya Sinitsina battled against the siege of Leningrad. Efim Graboy wants to make a film about the Soviet war heroine. Sixty-two years of experience divide the two and, indeed, it is not always clear who is actually directing here. Ultimately however, this film project about the war evolves into a multi-layered narrative on love and deep friendship.
original title THE WAR OF RAYA SINITSINA
international title THE WAR OF RAYA SINITSINA
german title THE WAR OF RAYA SINITSINA
JFBB section Documentary Film Competition
duration 89 Min
screening format 2K DCP
screenplay Efim Graboy
director of photography Efim Graboy, Daniel Binsted
sound Anton Levkin
music Omri Behr
producer Yahaly Gat, Efim Graboy
BIO Efim Graboy is an award winning, filmmaker - a Tel-Aviv University alumnus; Made his short documentary film debut at the age of twenty; Created a viral experimental short series, Minilook, that was nominated for the best video of 2019 award by VIMEO; Exhibited his animation film at contemporary art museum exhibitions; His first fiction film, Lamps Lit on a Towpath, had premiered at prestigious Palm Springs ShortFest 2016. His next short film - The Unknown Soldier, was screened in commercial cinemas in Israel and France, won six festival awards, was on the Student Academy Awards Shortlist and received 4th place at the CILECT prize for best documentary. Efim's short documentary - Valley of the Rulers (2018) won four festival awards in addition to being nominated for the IDA AWARDS 2019 for best short documentary. Efim concentrates on a cinema that initiates a therapeutic process of the character as well as the filmmaker himself. The War of Raya Sinitsina is his feature debut.