100 minutes. Director: Nir Bergmann. (Broken Wings, Intimate Grammar, In Treatment/Betipul). With Naomi Levov, Shalom Michaelashvili, Itamar Rothchild and
Michael Moshonov (Mabul). In Hebrew with English subtitles.
Official Selection, London Israeli Film & Television Festival
Yona tells the dramatic life story of legendary Israeli poet Yona Wallach. It’s the early 1960s and Yona finds herself competing for recognition in the steamy, seductive male dominated Israeli poetry scene. She was an enfant terrible who shocked both the bourgeoisie and the cultural elite. The film allows us to glimpse into a time when poetry mattered so much it could actually scandalize. Levov, the new young actress who plays Yona, fully inhabits the role making the pain and triumphs of Wallach’s life almost palpable.
“A moving and engrossing biopic of a tortured genius that avoids the usual pitfalls of the genre.”