Eyes Wide Open
Living in one of Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox quarters, Aaron runs a kosher butcher shop and is the father of four young sons. His quiet life is disrupted when the arrival of the lost soul Ezri awakens dormant feelings. Hidden under layers of piety, unknown desires suddenly rise in Aaron like an all-enveloping tide. While the devout Jew initially believes the proximity of temptation will only make him stronger, he ultimately abandons himself to the throes of passion. Eventually, however, he will have to face up to his religious and familial responsibilities. When a next-door neighbour strays from righteousness, Aaron is forced to reassume his role in the community, and listlessly joins the rabbi in making threats that will soon be redirected at him if he doesn't conform to the norm.
Haim Tabakman studied Film and Television at Tel Aviv University. His first short film, "Free Loaders" (2003), screened at the Cannes Film Festival, as did his follow-up, "The Poet's Home" (2004). He served as editor on "My Father My Lord" (2007) before making his feature film debut with "Eyes Wide Open" (2009).
- Year: 2009
- Country: Israel, Germany, France
- Runtime: 90 min.
- Director: Haim Tabakman
- Screenwriter: Merav Doster
- Actors: Zohar Strauss, Ran Danker, Ravit Rozen
- Cinematographer: Axel Schneppat
- Dialogs: Hebrew, Yiddish
- Subtitles: Lithuanian, English
- Classification: N-16