Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Next to Her
(At li Layla)

Year: 2014
Country: ISRAEL
Run Time: 90 minutes

Next to Her
Next to Her
Next to Her

Chelli, the twentysomething protagonist of Asaf Korman’s NEXT TO HER, spends day and night on guard. At work she polices the locked gates of a high school in Israel. A typical day ends with rowdy teens rattling the gates and screaming for Chelli to let them free. At home Chelli is the primary caregiver for her mentally challenged 24-year-old sister Gabby. Chelli feeds, bathes, and even sleeps alongside her sister. Social worker Shifra does not approve of Gabby being left alone while Chelli works. Yet, Chelli and Gabby’s detached mother, who lives with a new husband, is unwilling to offer any more financial support, and Chelli is opposed to putting Gabby in a mental institution. When Shifra files a report about Chelli’s negligent behavior, Chelli reluctantly enrolls Gabby in a day care center. With some of her responsibilities lifted, Chelli begins dating Zohar, a substitute teacher. In a matter of weeks, Chelli and Gabby’s entire existence changes. But Chelli has the harder time adjusting. (In Hebrew with subtitles) – E.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 11:40 AM -
Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 1:10 PM

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 7:10 PM -
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 8:40 PM

Focus on Disabilities
Jewish and Israeli Visions
Women of the World

Asaf Korman

Thirty-two-year-old Israeli filmmaker Asaf Korman began making movies in high school. He then furthered his film education by attending the Camera Obscura School of Art in Tel Aviv. In addition to directing, Korman has also worked regularly as an editor on numerous films and a recent Israeli television series.

NEXT TO HER (2014)

Haim Meckleberg, Estee Yacov-Meckleberg

Liron Ben Shlush

Amit Yasour

Asaf Korman

Principal Cast
Liron Ben Shlush, Dana Igvy, Yaakov Daniel Zada, Sophie Ostritsky, Carmit Mesilati- Kaplan, Varda Ben Hur

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