GEI ONI (Valley of Strength)

GEI ONI (Valley of Strength)

Director: Dan Wolman / Based on the novel by Shulamit Lapid / Israel 2010

Genre: Fiction

Category: Feature Film

Production: for IBA1, Channel One, Israel.

Cast: Tamar Alkan, Zion Ashkenazi, Ya’akov Bodo, Levana Finkelstein.

Language: Yiddish, Hebrew, Arabic

Subtitles: English / French

Length: 105 minutes

The story of “Gei Oni” is an historical epic which interweaves the story of the
first wave of Jewish European migration to Palestine, at the end of the 19th century, with
an unusual love story between Fania, a young Russian immigrant, and Yechiel, a native
Seventeen-year-old Fania, her baby daughter, her elderly uncle, and her emotionally
impaired brother arrive at the port of Jaffa, having survived a pogrom in which all other
members of their family were killed. Having no real choice, Fania marries Yechiel, a
widower whose wife died of malaria, leaving him to care for their two children himself.
The two set out to a small settlement near Safed, where Yechiel and a few other daring
settlers are trying to cultivate the barren lands which they bought from local Arabs. Fania
is burdened by a harrowing secret she is unable to share with anyone else. but unless
her husband Yechiel shares her secret, their marriage cannot be consummated.

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Festivals & Awards:

  • Best Fiction Film Award: DIFF Delhi International Film Festival, India 2012
  • Best Foreign Film Award (audience's choice): China Golden Rooster & One
    Hundred Flowers Film Festival,China 2011
  • Best Film Award: Shalom Europa film festival, Strasbourg, France 2012
  • Best Film Award (Gerhard-Klein Award): Berlin Jewish Film Festival, Germany
  • Best Actress Award (Tamar Alkan): Association of Israeli Film Critics, Israel
  • Special Jury Award: MECEFF Medias Central European Film Festival, Romania 2011
  • KIFF Kochi International Film Festival, India 2012
  • Cinémas du Grütli, Geneva, Switzerland 2012
  • Jerusalem Film Festival, Israel 2010