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Yana's Friends -- Yana's Friends takes place in Israel in 1991, during the Gulf War. Yana, a young, beautiful and pregnant Russian immigrant is abandoned by her husband and left to fend for herself in the flat she shares with Eli.


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4 November 1999 (Israel) See more »
Three parallel strories of immigrants in Tel Aviv during the Gulf War and about coming together while sealed in a room during the Scud attacks. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Evelyn Kaplun ... Yana
Nir Levy ... Eli

Shmil Ben Ari ... Yuri Kalantarov
Mosko Alkalai ... Yitzhak
Dalia Friedland ... Rosa
Vladimir Friedman ... Alik
Israel Sasha Demidov ... Fima (as Israel Damidov)
Lena Sachanova ... Mila
Jenya Fleisher ... Edik
Evyatar Lazar ... Daniel
Lucy Dubinchik ... Yuri's daughter
Valentin Nikulin ... Neighbour
Aleksandr Stanilov ... Moving contractor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Clara Rockmore ... Herself - Theremin Virtuoso (archive footage)
Chaim Yavin ... Himself - News Anchor (archive footage)
Yael Avraham ... Pregnant Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Arik Kaplun 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Arik Kaplun  writer
Semyon Vinokur  (as Simon Vinokur)

Produced by
Anat Bikel .... producer
Moshe Levinson .... producer
Marek Rozenbaum .... producer
Uri Sabag .... producer
Original Music by
Avi Benjamin 
Cinematography by
Valentin Belonogov 
Film Editing by
Einat Glaser-Zarhin 
Art Direction by
Ariel Roshko 
Costume Design by
Laura Dinolesko 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alona Lichter .... third assistant director
Sound Department
Dan Matalon .... sound recordist
Gil Toren .... sound designer
Fiodor Venezianov .... boom operator
Koby Azarly .... stunt coordinator
William De Vital .... stunt coordinator (as William Devital)
Camera and Electrical Department
Avraham Abramov .... additional photographer
Oren Arad .... clapper loader
Leonid Basin .... assistant camera
Udi Rimer .... gaffer
Jonathan Sela .... best boy
Eyal Tiano .... key grip
Choresh Wald .... grip
Joseph Zicherman .... focus puller
Other crew
Savi Gabizon .... script editor
Keren Sternfeld .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Ha-Chaverim Shel Yana" - Israel (original title)
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USA:90 min
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Straight from the heart, straight to the heart!, 11 December 2004
Author: Exiled_Archangel from Istanbul, Turkey

Just finished watching Ha-Chaverim Shel Yana. I think most Israeli films of the modern day are quite fine, although most people including my Israeli friends seem to disagree. The last one I watched before this one was Afula Express, which was cute, but nothing fascinating. But this one IS something fascinating! It's a childish yet heart-warming blend of love stories under the rocket rain, done with excellent acting and directing. Whilst rather illogical things happen in the screenplay, it's one of those movies that would simply get boring with too much logic. I think the illogical additions blend in just fine with the bigger picture, and gives such a relief to the viewer. Evelyn Kaplun is lovely for sure, but she's not the only lovely detail about this film. It's a very cute and "warm" movie in general. If you're one of those who are misled by the concept and found themselves thinking this could be Jewish or Israeli propaganda, free yourself from evil spirits: This movie does not contain a trace of any propaganda or anti-propaganda of any nation, religion, community, political view, etc. It may be slightly favourable to the state of Israel in terms of immigrant issues, but hey, that's not propaganda. Not IMHO at least.

Highly recommended to anyone who wants to see something different, and who wants to find himself smiling big at subtly drawn lines of wit.

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