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‘Working Woman’ Review by Peter Belsito

‘Working Woman’ Review by Peter Belsito
A Jerusalem woman’s business career is ruined by her boss’ aggressive sexual behavior in this powerful Israeli drama.

The person who believes there’s never any excuse for putting up with the boss’s sexual harassment has probably never experienced any, let alone risked losing a position or needed salary if they complain.

Most women — and people in general — don’t have any choice but to put up with “a certain amount” of crap to get ahead at all and often is a real career advancement choice.

That’s the fix the heroine of Working Woman finds herself in: She’s wedged between the need for a job that greatly improves her young family’s prospects and the increasingly discomfiting behavior of her superior.

This second narrative feature by Israeli documentarian Michal Aviad is a strong drama that eschews melodramatic contrivance, making its points via cool (yet sometimes squirm-inducing) observation.
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Danish "grey Krone" comedy 'Happy Ending' sells to Australia, Germany (exclusive)

Key territories sold for agent M-Appeal.

Hella Joof’s Happy Ending, the Danish comedy described as the ‘Nordic Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, has racked up further territory deals following its local release in Denmark and Norway.

German sales outfit M-Appeal has licensed the film to Palace Films for Australia, Camino Film for Germany and Austria, and Ads Service for Hungary. HBO Europe has bought pay-tv rights for 14 countries in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe.

The film follows a woman who has been waiting for her workaholic husband to retire so they can enjoy the autumn of their lives together travelling the world.
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Danish "grey Krone" comedy 'Happy Ending' sells to Australia, Germany

Key territories sold for agent M-Appeal.

Hella Joof’s Happy Ending, the Danish comedy described as the ‘Nordic Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, has racked up further territory deals following its local release in Denmark and Norway.

German sales outfit M-Appeal has licensed the film to Palace Films for Australia, Camino Film for Germany and Austria, and Ads Service for Hungary. HBO Europe has bought pay-tv rights for 14 countries in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe.

The film follows a woman who has been waiting for her workaholic husband to retire so they can enjoy the autumn of their lives together travelling the world.
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Choreography of an encounter by Anne-Katrin Titze

Michal Aviad on Glenn Close and Michael Douglas in Adrian Lyne's Fatal Attraction and Demi Moore and Douglas in Barry Levinson's Disclosure: "Before writing and while writing and researching I looked for films that deal with sexual harassment." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Michal Aviad's Working Woman, co-written with Sharon Azulay Eyal and Michal Vinik, shot by Daniel Miller, stars Liron Ben-Shlush (Asaf Korman's Next to Her), Menashe Noy (Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz' Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem), and Oshri Cohen with Irit Sheleg (Rama Burshtein's Fill The Void), and is produced by Amir Harel (Eytan Fox's Walk On Water which starred Lior Ashkenazi) and Ayelet Kait.

Michal Aviad on Liron Ben-Shlush as Orna in Working Woman: "I want to know how does it feel to be inside the female protagonist and try to look at it from her point of view.
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"She made every subject her own" by Anne-Katrin Titze

Agnès Varda at her 2017 Blum & Poe exhibition in New York Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

When I arrived at the Washington Square Hotel on Waverly Place in the Village for my conversation with Michal Aviad, the director of Working Woman, it was the day after the passing of Agnès Varda on Friday, March 29. I had contacted Agnès for a tribute honouring Michel Legrand, who died just two months earlier, and she immediately responded with her memories of him with Jacques Demy and sent personal photos from the set of Demoiselles De Rochefort with Catherine Deneuve.

We discussed Faces Places (Visages Villages), Vagabond, Le Lion Volatil, Varda Par Agnès, and why Les Glaneurs Et La Glaneuse (The Gleaners And I) is Michal's favourite.

Michal Aviad on the difference between Agnès Varda and Jean-Luc Godard: "You see what a lively, alive person she is. And what kind of an old grump - sorry to say - he is.
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Working Woman Interview: Director Michal Aviad Talks Conflict, Collaboration and a Tough Cultural Change

Now playing in New York City at the IFC Center, Marlene Meyerson Jcc of Manhattan, Working Woman is a timely and powerful "fictional account [that] left me shaken and disturbed," as I wrote in my review. It revolves around Orna (Liron Ben-Shlush), a strong woman who has been supporting her husband Ofer (Oshri Cohen) and their three children. She returns to the workforce and quickly becomes a valuable asset to real estate developer Benny (Menashe Noy), but almost as quickly finds herself dealing with sexual harassment by her powerful boss. Director Michal Aviad (pictured) was kind enough to answer a few questions about Working Woman: This is a completely absorbing film that feels like it was ripped out of someone's soul. How did you balance...

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‘Working Woman’ Film Review: Israeli Sexual-Harassment Drama Delivers Powerful Sting of Truth

  • The Wrap
‘Working Woman’ Film Review: Israeli Sexual-Harassment Drama Delivers Powerful Sting of Truth
Israeli director Michal Aviad was inspired to make “Working Woman” after watching a range of films about sexual harassment in the workplace. Much to her surprise — and dismay — she discovered that most of them dismissed, demeaned, or even demonized the victims.

Aviad’s thoughtful response is a film that feels very contemporary, but will also resonate with generations of viewers who recognize the many small moments that lead up to and follow its quietly wrenching central experience.

The film opens as a smiling Orna (Liron Ben Shlush) leaves her first job interview in years. She’s the harried mother of three children, and her husband, Ofer (Oshri Cohen), has recently opened a small and still-struggling restaurant in Tel Aviv. Ofer is skeptical of the time his newly-employed wife will be spending away from home, but she’s approaching her return to the workplace with a mixture of practicality and excitement.
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Working Woman Movie Review

  • ShockYa
Working Woman (Isha Ovedet) Zeitgeist Films Reviewed for Shockya.com & BigAppleReviews.net by: Harvey Karten Director: Michal Aviad Screenwriter: Sharon Azulay Eyal, Michal Vinik, Michal Aviad Cast: Liron Ben Shlush, Menashe Noy, Oshri Cohen Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 2/16/19 Opens: March 27, 2019 It should not be difficult to discourage men who harass women (or […]

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M-Appeal Closes Deals on ‘The Third Wife,’ ‘Working Woman,’ ‘The Daughters of Fire’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Berlin-based M-Appeal has closed a flurry of deals across its slate, including Ash Mayfair’s “The Third Wife” and Michal Aviad’s “Working Woman,” which were launched at Toronto.

The Third Wife” sold to Potential Films for Australia/New Zealand and Crest International for Japan. Potential Films is planning a theatrical release next summer, while Crest International plans a rollout next fall.

The movie, which had its world premiere in Toronto’s Discovery section, is set in 19th-century rural Vietnam and follows 14-year-old May, who becomes the third wife of wealthy landowner Hung. May soon learns that she can only gain status by asserting herself as a woman who can give birth to a male child.

M-Appeal previously sold “The Third Wife” to North America, the U.K., Ireland, Taiwan, Singapore, Mexico, South Korea, Hong Kong and Spain.

“I was truly impressed by the beauty of the picture, by its authenticity and,
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M-Appeal scores sales on 'Working Woman', 'The Third Wife' (exclusive)

France, Benelux swoop on Working Woman, while The Third Wife goes to UK/Ireland, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Berlin-based sales outfit M-Appeal is continuing to rack up sales on two titles that are screening here in Busan – Israeli filmmaker Michal Aviad’s Working Woman, which is playing in Flash Forward, and Ash Mayfair’s debut feature, The Third Wife, screening in A Window On Asian Cinema.

Working Woman, which tells the story of a working mother having to cope with an abusive new boss, has been sold to France (Kmbo) and Benelux (Arti). Warmly received at Toronto International Film Festival following its premiere in Jerusalem,
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Busan Film Review: ‘Working Woman’

  • Variety
Busan Film Review: ‘Working Woman’
A typical skeptic’s response to the #MeToo movement has been “Well, why didn’t she just get another job? Why would anyone keep working with a boss who behaves inappropriately?” This argument tends to overlook the fact that many women — and people in general — don’t have infinite employment options, bridge-burning may be seriously detrimental to their careers and many have to put up with “a certain amount” of crap to get ahead at all. The person who believes there’s never any excuse for putting up with harassment has probably never experienced any, let alone risked losing an advantageous position or salary if they complain.

That’s the fix the heroine of “Working Woman” finds herself in: She’s wedged between need for a job that greatly improves her young family’s prospects and the increasingly discomfiting behavior of her superior. This second narrative feature by Israeli documentarian
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Jewish New Year in Toronto — Israeli Films Win

Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian’s The Fig Tree won the Audentia Award for best film by a female director at the Toronto International Film Festival, taking home a 30,000 Euro grant. The Fig Tree produced by Naomi Levari and Saar Yogev from Black Sheep Film Productions is Davidian’s feature debut. It defeated 12 other films and also debuted at the festival as part of the Discovery Section.

Davidian, who immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia at the age of 11, filmed the movie in her hometown, Addis Ababa, in Amharic, with a team of local actors. It takes place at the end of the 1980s and the early 1990s and tells of Mina, a young woman who is friends with Ali and meets with him under the fig tree.

Israeli director Guy Nattiv won the Fipresci Jury Award for Special Presentations for his first American film called Skin. Nattiv’s film, who lives in the U.
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Zeitgeist Films, Kino Lorber snap up Tiff selection 'Working Woman' (exclusive)

m-appeal handles international sales.

Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to Israel director Michal Aviad’s timely Contemporary World Cinema selection Working Woman ahead of its anticipated international premiere in Toronto.

m-appeal handles international sales on the drama about Orna, an industrious, talented and ambitious woman who faces sexual harassment in the workplace.

Promoted by a boss who makes inappropriate advances, and married to a struggling restaurateur, Orna becomes the breadwinner for their three children and must find the strength to fight for her self-worth.

Working Woman screens to press and industry on
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Tiff 2018: Trailer For Michal Aviad’s ‘Working Woman’

Working Woman

A trailer has dropped for Michal Aviad’s Tiff debuter Working Woman. The film is a nuanced and timely drama about a young woman, mother and wife struggling sexual harassment in the workplace. It is an elegant film that provocatively humanizes all sides of a complicated issue.

Born in Jerusalem, Michal Aviad is an acclaimed and award-winning feminist filmmaker of both documentaries and narrative films. She studied literature and philosophy at Tel Aviv University, and began making films in San Francisco in the 1980’s. Since returning to Israel in 1991, she has continued to write, direct and produce films, and work as an activist for women’s rights.

Watch the full trailer below. We’ll have a full refview of the film after the premiere later next week.

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Israeli Drama ‘Working Woman’ Lands at Zeitgeist, Kino Lorber

  • Variety
Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to Israeli director Michal Aviad’s drama “Working Woman.”

The movie will have its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in the Contemporary World Cinema section. A spring release is anticipated.

“Working Woman” is set in Jerusalem and centers around a hardworking, talented and ambitious woman named Orna who faces increasing sexual harassment at work, which soon affects her entire life. Her boss appreciates and promotes her, while making inappropriate advances. Her husband struggles to keep his new restaurant afloat and Orna becomes the main breadwinner for their three children.

“I wanted to closely examine the convoluted, often gray area of routine sexual harassment in the workplace,” said Aviad. “I hope that viewers, women and men, will come out of the film with a deeper understanding of how and why sexual harassment continues to be
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Zeitgeist Films, Kino Lorber snap up TIFF selection 'Working Woman' (exclusive)

Zeitgeist Films, Kino Lorber snap up TIFF selection 'Working Woman' (exclusive)
Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to Israel director Michal Aviad’s timely Contemporary World Cinema selection Working Woman ahead of its anticipated international premiere in Toronto.

m-appeal handles international sales on the drama, which premiered at Jerusalem Film Festival and centres on Orna, an industrious, talented and ambitious woman who faces sexual harassment in the workplace.

Promoted by a boss who makes inappropriate advances, and married to a struggling restaurateur, Orna becomes the breadwinner for their three children and must find the strength to fight for her self-worth.
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‘The Third Wife’ Exclusive Trailer: Here’s Your First Look At The Coming-Of-Age Tale And Tiff Selection

It’s that time of year again: Film Festival Season. With the Venice Film Festival underway, that means that Tiff (the Toronto International Film Festival) is right around the corner.

Berlin-based sale company M-Appeal, which focuses on original international arthouse and genre cinema, will be hitting Tiff with a pair of female-driven films Michal Aviad‘s “Working Woman” and Ash Mayfair’s feature directorial debut “The Third Wife,” and we have an exclusive first look at the latter.

Continue reading ‘The Third Wife’ Exclusive Trailer: Here’s Your First Look At The Coming-Of-Age Tale And Tiff Selection at The Playlist.
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M-Appeal Picks up Pair of Women-Driven Toronto Titles ‘Working Woman,’ ‘The Third Wife’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Berlin-based M-Appeal will be hitting Toronto with a pair of topical female-driven films premiering at the festival, Ash Mayfair’s “The Third Wife” and Michal Aviad’s “Working Woman.”

Dedicated to promoting new female voices in the festival circuit and around the world, M-Appeal is also repping Hella Joof’s “Happy Ending” and Albertia Carri’s “The Daughters of Fire,” and is continuing sales on Fanny Metlelius’s Swedish coming-of-age romance drama “The Heart.”

“Our experience shows that there are many exciting films out there made by women, telling stories that appeal to a largely female audience eager to see films reflecting their own realities which are not visible enough,” said

Maren Kroymann, managing director of M-Appeal.

Kroymann pointed M-Appeal’s current slate “comprises 5 titles directed by very promising female filmmakers, some of whom are already established but others who are emerging talents.” “The audience is ready for stories told from a female perspective,
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'Death Of Louis Xiv', 'One Week And A Day' win top prizes in Jerusalem

  • ScreenDaily
Festival’s new $20,000 international competition prize goes to Albert Serra for The Death Of Louis Xiv; One Week And A Day wins best Israeli feature.

The 33rd Jerusalem Film Festival, which wraps on Sunday, has awarded its top prizes to The Death Of Louis Xiv by Albert Serra (best international film), One Week And A Day by Asaph Polonsky (best Israeli feature), and Dimona Twist by Michal Aviad (best Israeli documentary).

The international jury was comprised of Cornerstone FilmsAlison Thompson, Icelandic director Grímur Hákonarson, and Israeli director Talya Lavie, who praised Serra “for creating a bold and distinctive chamber piece in a beautifully detailed world. For its stunning set design and cinematography that captures its period brilliantly. For creating an intimate and moving look at the sunset of a great figure in history.”

An honourable mention went to Tobias Lindholm’s A War.

The Death Of Louis Xiv wins the $20,000 cash prize for the festival’s new international
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Louis Xiv, One Week And A Day win top prizes in Jerusalem

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Festival’s new $20,000 international competition prize goes to Albert Serra for The Death of Louis Xiv; One Week And a Day wins best Israeli feature.

The 33rd Jerusalem Film Festival, which wraps on Sunday, has awarded its top prizes to The Death of Louis Xiv by Albert Serra (best international film), One Week And A Day by Asaph Polonsky (best Israeli feature), and Dimona Twist by Michal Aviad (best Israeli documentary).

The jury was comprised of Cornerstone FilmsAlison Thompson, Icelandic director Grímur Hákonarson, and Israeli director Talya Lavie, who praised Serra “for creating a bold and distinctive chamber piece in a beautifully detailed world. For its stunning set design and cinematography that captures its period brilliantly. For creating an intimate and moving look at the sunset of a great figure in history.”

An honourable mention went to Tobias Lindholm’s A War.

Louis Xiv wins the $20,000 cash prize for the festival’s new international competition, supported
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