Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

A Matter of Size
(Sippur Gadol)

Year: 2009
Country: ISRAEL
Language: Hebrew and Japanese
Run Time: 92 minutes

A Matter of Size
A Matter of Size
A Matter of Size
A Matter of Size
A Matter of Size

Herzl is a big guy with some oversize problems to match his big heart. He's an out-of-work chef plodding toward middle age, he's unlucky in love, and he still lives with his brutally honest mom. ("You're getting too fat! I can't stand to look at you! There's more food in the fridge!") His chain-smoking Weight Watchers facilitator kicks him out of her group for gaining weight. One day, Herzl and a few of his plumper buddies look in the mirror and decide they're tired of being the butt of Israeli society's fat jokes. They badger the Japanese owner of a sushi restaurant - who happens to be a former yakuza and sumo trainer - until he agrees to teach them to use their size to their advantage. All this multicultural collaboration spawns the world's first Israeli sumo squad. As the sumos-in-training jog through crowded marketplaces baring all but their loincloths, tanned and toned jaws begin to drop. A MATTER OF SIZE is a charming comedy that recommends you grab life's gusto with both hands and savor it for all it's worth. (In Hebrew and Japanese with subtitles) – B.B.

CIFF33 Screenings

Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Sharon Maymon, Danny Cohen-Solal

Erez Tadmor, Sharon Maymom

Sharon Maymon is a graduate of Camera Obscura College of Arts in Tel Aviv where he directed two short films. Erez Tadmor was born in Herzlia in 1974. He also graduated from the Camera Oscura film school. Tadmor participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus at the Berlin Film Festival in 2003. He recently co-directed and co-wrote "Strangers," which screened last year at the 33rd CIFF.


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David Gurfinkel

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Principal Cast
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