Next To Her


Chelli (Liron Ben-Shlush) has dedicated her life to helping her sister, Gabby (Dana Ivgy), a 24-year-old girl with a severe mental disability. The pair live together in a dingy apartment, existing in an unhealthily symbiotic bubble where everything from toothbrushes to baths are shared.

After a social worker insists that Gabby is enrolled in a day care centre and forges new friendships and routines, Chelli feels abandoned and embarks on a romance with a colleague, Zohar. They fall in love and he moves in, slowly helping her to find a healthy distance from her sister. However, when it becomes apparent that Zohar and Gabby have their own special bond, Chelli’s possessive streak is triggered and the extent of her co-dependence is revealed.

This is a tour de force from director Asaf Korman, who gains remarkable performances from his wife Liron Ben Shlush and Dana Ivgy, in the two lead roles . Next To Her, based on Ben Shlush’s own experience of having a mentally disabled sister, is a stark, moving and naturalistic portrayal of how family ties can both bind and unravel us.

** Won – Best Supporting Actress (Dana Ivgy), Best Film, Best Director (Asaf Korman), Best Actress (Liron Ben-Shlush), Best Supporting Actor (Yaakov Zada Daniel) – Awards of the Israeli Film Academy**

** Won – Best Director – New Directors Competition – Chicago International Film Festival **

** Won – Best Film – Eurasian International Film Festival **

** Official Selection – Un Certain Regard – Cannes Film Festival **

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DVD Release date: 11/03/2016
Director: Asaf Korman
Cert: TBC
Language: Hebrew
Cast: Liron Ben-Shlush, Dana Ivgi , Liat Goren, Varda Ben Hur


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“Truthful and emotionally sensitive… utterly gripping”
-The Upcoming

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“Asaf Korman’s most radical achievement is to make the mental handicap that colours one of his heroines, an incidental yet authentically realised plot detail in a rich family drama”
-Little White Lies


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