ISRAEL: The Human Resources Manager (UK Premiere)

(Shlichuto Shel HaMemune Al Mashabei Enosh)

2010/103mins/ Hebrew English subtitles/Dir. Eran Riklis Cast: Mark Ivanir, Gila Almagor

On Saturday 19 Feb, join us for a special Q&A screening with Director Eran Riklis, one of Israel’s most prominent film-makers, who has received critical acclaim worldwide for his feature films including The Syrian Bride and The Lemon Tree.

The Human Resources Manager of Jerusalem’s largest bakery is in trouble. He’s separated from his wife, distanced from his daughter and stuck in a job he hates. When one of his female employees, a foreign worker, is killed in a suicide bombing and her body remains unclaimed, the bakery is accused of inhumanity and indifference, the Human Resources Manager is sent on a mission to make things right.

He embarks on a complex journey, beginning in the mystical streets of Jerusalem and continuing in frozen Romania, the Manager finds himself leading an awkward convoy to the dead woman’s village including her rebellious son, a pesky journalist determined to ruin him, a quirky consul, an old veteran driver and a coffin. Far from home, on a mission to honour a woman he didn’t even know but has somehow grown to admire, the Human Resources Manager rediscovers his own humanity and his ability to truly care for human resources.

Winner: Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Rosina Kambus), Best Screenplay, and Best Sound (Israel’s 2010 Ophir Awards).

Sponsored by the Israeli Embassy, London  

In association with the UK Jewish Film Festival