DEAR MR. WALDMAN (Mi’htavim Le’America)

DEAR MR. WALDMAN (Mi’htavim Le’America)

Director: Hanan Peled / Israel 2006

Genre: Fiction

Category: Feature Film

Production: Yoav Halevy: Open Doors Films/Tmuna Communication Ltd.;
Supported by the Israel Film Fund, Keshet Broadcasting, Wexstrust Capitol, Globus Group, Kolnoa

Cast: Rami Heuberger, Yavgenia Dodina, Ido Port, Dov Glikman, Evelin Kaplon

Language: Hebrew

Subtitles: English / French

Length: 86 minutes

In the early sixties, Hilik, ten years old boy who lives in Tel Aviv, knows he
and his brother’s goal in life – to make his parents happy and compensate for the grief
and lost they had suffered in the holocaust. Moishe, Hilik’s father, chooses to believe that
his lost son, from his first marriage, didn’t die in Auschwitz as he thought, and somehow
escaped to America to become President Kennedy’s assistant. As he has never really
accepted the fact that he is the only survivor from his family, Moishe is sinking back to
his past. Torn between his fear that his father would abandon him, and the wish to make
him happy, Hilik chooses to test his father’s love to him, while accepting the risk of losing

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Festivals & Awards:

  • Audience Award: Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, U.S.A. 2007
  • Nominee: Best Actor (Rami Heuberger): Israel Academy Awards, Israel 2006
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival, U.S.A. 2007
  • Munich International Film Festival, Germany 2007
  • Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, U.S.A. 2007
  • Israel Film Festival, Los Angeles, U.S.A. 2007
  • Israel Film Festival, Paris, France 2007
  • Jerusalem Film Festival, Israel 2006