Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank



Year: 2011
Run Time: 101 minutes


With phenomenal performances from a stellar cast, MABUL is a genuine and captivating coming-of-age story set in coastal Israel about the struggles of a dysfunctional family and the changes they must go through when their severely autistic older son returns home. The pressure on Yoni, their younger son, is already more than any 13-year-old should bear—with a drunk for a father, an emotionally distant mother, several bullies at school, and his Bar Mitzvah around the corner. So when Tomer, the forgotten brother who was previously institutionalized for autism, comes back into their lives, tension escalates. This is particularly true for Yoni whose frustration with Tomer culminates in his resentment towards each of his family members. Yet, as time moves on, each also discovers they have something to learn from Tomer. Even though his presence initially threatens to tear the family further apart, in truth it will teach them how to communicate with each other again, ultimately bringing them closer together. (In Hebrew with subtitles) – M.M.


CIFF36 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Jewish and Israeli Visions

Guy Nattiv

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Mathieu Vadepied

Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
Guy Nattiv is a native of Tel Aviv, Israel, where he still resides. Since graduating from the Camera Obscura School of Art in Tel Aviv, he has gone on to direct a number of acclaimed shorts and features, resulting in over 20 awards at international festivals and six Israeli Academy Award nominations for MABUL alone. At present, he is shooting his third feature, "Son of God," in Poland.

Select Filmography
"Strangers" (2007) - 33rd CIFF, MABUL (2010)

Print Source

Film Sponsors

Strongsville Psychological Services

Community Partners

Achievement Centers for Children

Milestones Autism Resources

Media Partners

Cleveland Jewish News

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