During the 13th. Docaviv Film Festival, I was at the premiere (May 16th.) of the documentary: Life in Stills, directed by Tamar Tal and produced by Barak Heymann. It is the emotional story of Miriam Weissenstein (during the shootings: 96 years old) and her grandson Ben in their struggle for their Pri-Or Photo Shop at Allenby 30. Photographer Rudi Weissenstein opened his shop in 1940.
I think every Telavivian knows this famous shop with the large black & white pictures of e.g. David Ben Gurion, a young Itzchak Rabin,Tel Aviv in the 1930′s and of course his most famous one: the Declaration of Independance by David Ben Gurion (May 1948) in their window..
Helas, the whole block around the photo shop will be broken-down and a new 6-floors modern apartment block will be build instead. But because of the two years struggle of Miriam and Ben against the Municipality of Tel Aviv, their photo shop will return within the new apartments block.
The documentary of Tamar Tal is just awesome: Miriam is the star: she is funny, sarcastic and sometimes so sad. During the screening I laughed a lot, but was sometimes near in tears.
Life in Stills will be a hit and a ‘must’ for every film-festival.
Tamar, Barak, Miriam & Ben: Kol Ha Kavod!!!
Life in Stills, directed by Tamar Tal and produced by Barak Heymann is the big winner at Docaviv 2011:
The documentary received :
The Prize for Best Israeli Film
The Prize for Best Editing ( Tal Shefi )
[newer on Tel Aviv Fever: ‘Life in Stills’ wins its first international award!]