Song of the Siren

On the eve of the Gulf War, Talila Katz, a smart, sexy Tel Aviv advertising executive, dumps her self-centered boyfriend, Ofer, and pursues the sweet but emotionally remote hunk Noah. Though air-raid sirens resound all around her, Talila, 32, is preoccupied with winning Noah's love. But as her parents squabble and her sister endures an unfaithful husband, Talila faces the question of aloneness. As neighbors and friends don gas masks in sealed rooms, Talila is consumed with matters of the heart. Based on the best-selling novel by Irit Linur, SONG OF THE SIREN presents a new kind of Israeli heroine: Talila is irreverent, audacious, and funny and she is contemptuous of the traditional macho values woven through Israeli society. A box office smash in Israel, this film attracted more movie-goers than all other Israeli films of 1994 combined. 1995 Berlin Film Festival.
Eytan Fox was born in New York City and came to Israel as a child. He grew up in Jerusalem and after serving in the Army, studied in Tel Aviv University's school of Film and Television. His first film Time Off, a 50-minute drame about sexual identity in the Israeli Army (SF JFF), won 1990 Movie of the Year award from the Israeli Film Institute and many international prizes, among them First prize in Munich's International Student Film Festival. His first feature film Song of the Siren (SF JFF), a romantic comedy about life in Tel Aviv during the 1991 Gulf War, was Israel's biggest box-office success in 1994. Over the past two years, Fox has created and directed Florentene, a dramatic series for Israeli Television that examines the life of young people in urban Israel against the background of Rabin's assasination. The series won First Prize in the Televiaion category of the 1997 Jerusalem International Film Festival. Eytan Fox is currently working on a script for his first English-speaking film, tentatively entitled 1967.
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