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Section: International Competition of Feature Films for Children

Abulele (2015) 10

Israel | 2015 | 96 min.

Adam's older brother was killed in a car crash a year ago. His family has not been the same since. As his parents struggle to cope with their grief, Adam (10), plagued with guilt over his brother's death feels he is all alone in the world. But everything changes the day he meets Abulele. The Abulele are ancient monsters, bear-sized. Local legends tell that they are extremely dangerous, but in fact, they turn out to be quite friendly and playful creatures. Abulele quickly becomes Adam's best and most secret friend. Together, they outsmart Adam's mean schoolteacher and beat the class bullies. But Adam's parents start to suspect he is harboring a secret, And when a government, Special Forces unit called "Thunder" appears in the neighborhood on a mission to capture Abulele things go from bad to worse. In order to save his best friend, Adam will have to get Abulele back home to its family, and to do so, he will need to put the past behind him and realize that when you truly love someone, you are never really alone.

CountryIsrael
Year2015
Duration96 min
Rating10
LanguageHebrew
SubtitleEnglish, simul. translation cz
Directed by Jonathan Geva
Screenplay Jonathan Geva
Director of Photography Giora Bejach
Music Frank Ilfman
Edited by Omer Zaitman
Contact Epic Pictures

Biography

Jonathan (Yoni) Geva (1980) is an Israeli filmmaker and artist in the field of visual effects. He comes from Jerusalem, but he lives in Tel Aviv, where he studied at the film school of the local university. His short graduation film 1:0 (2009) won several international awards. Geva shoots advertising films and interactive video projects and also deals with animation and the development of interactive storytelling. He's made his debut with his authorial feature fantasy film Abulele (2015).