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The World Is Funny

OT: Haolam Matshik

Shemi Zarhin // Israel, 2012
Fiction Feature // FF2013



While working as a cleaner, Zafi collects stories. They serve as a basis for a writers’ workshop she is taking part in. She’s especially affected by the fate of three siblings: Yardena, who is suddenly pregnant, although she hasn’t slept with her husband in two years; Meron, whose eldest son finally wakes from a coma and with him unfortunately a strictly guarded secret; and Golan and his fatally ill girlfriend. Zafi’s stories interweave with those of the other workshop participants to become a fascinating web – bizarre, tragic and sophisticated.


Shemi Zarhin (*1961) raised in Tiberias. He is a graduate of The Film and Television department at Tel-Aviv University and teaches filmmaking courses at the Sam Spiegel School in Jerusalem. In 1996 he was awarded The Ministry of Arts and Culture’s Prize for Filmmakers. In 2009 he was awarded the prestigious Landau Prize for filmmaking. One of Israel's leading Writers/Directors. "The World is Funny", Zarhin's latest film, is the highest grossing Israeli film of 2012. It received rave reviews and an unprecedented 15 nominations for the Israeli Academy Awards.



Haolam Matshik

Fiction Feature





127 min

OV with English subtitles

Shemi Zarhin

Shemi Zarhin

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