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Israel’s Yes Sets Comedy Drama ‘Fifty’ From Endemol Shine, ‘In Treatment’ Writer Yael Hedaya & ‘Euphoria’ Co-Creator Daphna Levine

Israel’s Yes Sets Comedy Drama ‘Fifty’ From Endemol Shine, ‘In Treatment’ Writer Yael Hedaya & ‘Euphoria’ Co-Creator Daphna Levine
Israeli broadcaster Yes has ordered a comedy drama from Betipul (In Treatment) writer Yael Hedaya and Euphoria co-creator Daphna Levine.

Fifty is an eight-part series from Endemol Shine Israel that tells the story of 49-year-old widowed screenwriter Alona Nachmias, played by Ilanit Ben-Yaakov who is struggling to raise her three children; 22-year-old Carmel, 17-year-old Yali and 11-year-old Shira.

Alona has two important goals to achieve before she turns 50. Firstly, to sign a development deal for a comedy series she wants to write about 50-year-old women. Secondly, to have sex. By the end of the season she achieves one of these.

Created and written by Hedaya, the series is directed by Levine and stars Ilanit Ben-Yaakov, Dudu Elharar, Guy Arieli, Ofri Prishkolnik, with a guest spot from Guri Alfi. Endemol Shine will distribute internationally and holds the format rights to produce or license local versions of the show around the world.
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Endemol Shine Sets Israeli Comedy About Frustrated Screenwriter (Exclusive)

Endemol Shine Sets Israeli Comedy About Frustrated Screenwriter (Exclusive)
Israeli comedy drama “Fifty,” about a sexually and professionally frustrated screenwriter, has been greenlit by pay-tv platform Yes. It has a seasoned team behind it – with Yael Hedaya, one of the writers of “Betipul,” the show remade as “In Treatment” in the U.S. – creating the eight-parter. Daphna Levine, one of the creators of “Euphoria,” which was recently adapted by HBO, is attached to direct. Endemol Shine Israel will produce.

The show will star Ilanit Ben-Yaakov as a 49-year-old screenwriter struggling to raise three kids. With a landmark birthday looming, Alona has two important goals to achieve before she turns 50: to sign a development deal for a comedy series she wants to write about 50-year-old women, and to have sex.

Dudu Elharar, Guy Arieli, and Ofri Prishkolnik will also appear, and there will be a guest appearance by Guri Alfi.

“’Fifty’ is inspired and fueled by the charged particles
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‘The Human Resources Manager’

Reviewed by Amanda Georges

(March 2011)

Directed by: Eran Riklis

Written by: Noah Stollman

Starring: Mark Ivanir, Gila Almagor, Guri Alfi, Noah Silver, Rozina Cambos and Reymond Amsalem

There are remarkable times when a single event causes a fundamental change in a person’s life and self-awareness. Israeli director Eran Riklis’ “The Human Resources Manager,” adapted from A.B. Yehoshua’s novel “A Woman in Jerusalem,” tells one such story but overreaches and is unable to deliver on its promises.

Riklis’ previous films “The Syrian Bride” and “Lemon Tree” earned him a reputation for compelling stories inspired by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Riklis departs from this theme in his latest project, and the majority of the story, in fact, takes place outside of Israel. What he maintains is a propensity for tales about everyday people thrust into extraordinary situations. His characters take life into their own hands and discover themselves as a result.
See full article at Moving Pictures Network »

‘The Human Resources Manager’

Reviewed by Amanda Georges

(March 2011)

Directed by: Eran Riklis

Written by: Noah Stollman

Starring: Mark Ivanir, Gila Almagor, Guri Alfi, Noah Silver, Rozina Cambos and Reymond Amsalem

There are remarkable times when a single event causes a fundamental change in a person’s life and self-awareness. Israeli director Eran Riklis’ “The Human Resources Manager,” adapted from A.B. Yehoshua’s novel “A Woman in Jerusalem,” tells one such story but overreaches and is unable to deliver on its promises.

Riklis’ previous films “The Syrian Bride” and “Lemon Tree” earned him a reputation for compelling stories inspired by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Riklis departs from this theme in his latest project, and the majority of the story, in fact, takes place outside of Israel. What he maintains is a propensity for tales about everyday people thrust into extraordinary situations. His characters take life into their own hands and discover themselves as a result.
See full article at Moving Pictures Magazine »

Human Resources Manager, The (Shlichuto Shel HaMemune Al Mashabei Enosh) | Review - AFI Film Fest

Director: Eran Riklis Writer: Noah Stollman (screenplay, Abraham B. Jehoshua (novel) Starring: Mark Ivanir, Guri Alfi, Noah Silver, Rozina Cambos, Julian Negulesco The Human Resources Manager (Mark Ivanir) is a man with very little authority -- certainly less than his role warrants at a prominent bakery in Jerusalem. When a young Romanian immigrant woman is killed in a suicide bombing, a paycheck from the bakery is discovered on her body by the police. When the police approach the bakery for more details about the victim -- and inquire about why the bakery did not report the employee missing when she stopped showing up at work -- the Hr Manager is unable to answer their questions. The deceased woman’s employment status at the time of her death was murky at best, so the Hr Manager commences an investigation to unravel the truth. When it is revealed that the deceased woman
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AFI Fest 2010: "The Human Resources Manager" and "Two Gates of Sleep," Reviewed

  • IFC
AFI Fest 2010:
Reviewed at the 2010 AFI Fest.

Something tells me Eran Riklis would take it as a compliment to call his a career full of minor works. While many Israeli filmmakers have concentrated on making the big statement about their fractured cultural landscape of their homeland, Riklis has focused on making the small one in recent years, whether it's the legal battle over a lemon grove between a Palestinian woman and the Israeli defense minister in his last drama "Lemon Tree" or the uneasy union of Syrian and Israeli families in his 2004 breakthrough "The Syrian Bride."

As Riklis said in his introduction to the AFI Fest crowd over the weekend, his latest film, "The Human Resources Manager" is "similar, but different" - a nod to the fact that while the titular character travels thousands of miles from Jerusalem to an unnamed Eastern European country to return the corpse of one of his
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