Scene from the film Hula and Natan

Hula and Natan

  • Israel
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The comic-tragic story of the brothers Hula and Natan, two car mechanics from the outskirts of Sderot, a city in the south of Israel constantly bombed by rockets from Gaza. The two live in a caravan in the weedy yard that serves as their garage, surrounded by old jalopies and clunkers. While the situation between Israel and Gaza deteriorates, Hula and Natan's garage -- their only source of income -- is about to be closed down by the authorities. With a lot of grotesque humor, and under the continuing threat to their lives and work, the two try to survive, but sink deeper and deeper into the depths of fatalistic frustration.

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Russian and Hebrew subtitles are available for download only in DVD format.


  • Original title
    Hula and Natan
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Ronen Kruk, Robby Elmaliah
  • Editing
    Tal Yaari, Ofir Raul Graizer
  • Sound
    Ori Tchechik
  • Duration
    54 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Israel
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
      • School of Film and Television Studies Sapir College, Arik Bernstein - Alma Films, Robby Elmaliah
      • Israel
  • Festivals
    • Young Jury Award for Best Film: Visions du Réel Documentary Film Festival - Switzerland 2011
    • Best International Medium-Length Film: RIDM Montreal Documentary Film Festival - Canada 2011
    • Special Mention of the Jury: Miradas.Doc, Guía de Isora International Documentary Film Festival - Spain 2011
    • Best Director Award: Chronograph IDFF - Moldova 2011 Best Film Award : Cinema South Festival - Israel 2010
    • Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival – Czech Republic 2011
    • Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival - USA 2011
    • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival - USA 2011
    • Margaret Mead Film Festival - USA 2011
    • True / False Documentary Film Festival - USA 2011
    • Krakow Film Festival - Poland 2011
    • Mediterranean Film Festival - Bosnia and Herzegovina 2011
    • Muestra Doc International Documentary Encounters - Columbia 2011 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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