Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

Atomic Falafel


Year: 2015
Country: ISRAEL
Run Time: 95 minutes

Atomic Falafel
Atomic Falafel
Atomic Falafel

A nuclear showdown between Israel and Iran would not normally score high on the laugh-riot meter. But writer-director Dror Shaul manages to raise the weighty premise to high levels of absurdity in his farcical comedy ATOMIC FALAFEL. Nofar is a sassy Israeli teen who desperately wants to lose her virginity. Her Facebook friend, Sharareh, is an equally sassy Iranian singer-songwriter-rapper. Nofar’s mom, Mimi Azrian, sells falafels from a van she navigates through danger zones and has recently taken up with Oli, a German atomic energy investigator who has an allergic reaction to enriched uranium. They all become pawns and players in a bizarre military plot cooked up by buffoonish Israeli defense and intelligence operatives. Nothing is off limits in Shaul’s satirical skewering. His ATOMIC FALAFEL characters serve up an array of tasty, tongue-in-cheek offerings, exemplified during one crucial face-off when the gun-toting authorities blurt: “Drop the pita and come out with your hands up!” (In Hebrew with subtitles) –C.O.

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Jewish and Israeli Visions

Dror Shaul

Dror Shaul was born in Kibbutz Kissufim in Southern Israel and now lives in Tel Aviv. His previous feature, "Sweet Mud," won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and four Israeli Film Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

"Sima Vaknin, A Witch" (2003), "Sweet Mud" (2006), ATOMIC FALAFEL (2015)

Minu Barati, Skady Lis, Andro Steinborn, Chilik Michaeli, Tami Leon, Avraham Pirchi, Amir Feingold, Dror Shaul, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery, Matthew Metcalfe

Dror Shaul

Sebastian Edschmidt

Tom Eagles

Principal Cast
Michelle Treves, Mali Levi Gershon, Alexander Fehling, Will Robertson, Shai Avivi

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