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Marrying an Ice Cream Factory

Year: 2015, 72 mins
Code: DFE-Marrying

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Velvel, Ranni’s father, was a poor orphan, who married Raya Strauss and began working in the family owned factory (which started as a small dairy farm and became one of the biggest food conglomerates in Israel).
They divorced when Ranni was 10, and for him, his father remained this strict meticulous withdrawn man who tore the family apart. 8mm reels, discovered after his death arouse questiones that lead Ranni to embark on a personal journey between his parents’ very different worlds in an attempt to better understand his father and the complexities of family loyalty, trying to overcome years of alienation. Looking at his family from behind the camera, he is reshaping his memories.

Director & Script: Ranni Midyan
Production: Erez Laufer
Production Company: Erez Laufer Films
Editing: Yaron Livnay
Cinematography: Ranni Midyan, Zeev (velvel) Midyan
Soundtrack: Erez Eyni Shavit
Music: Dan Bilu

Erez Laufer was born and raised in Israel, and graduated from the Film and Television department at Tel-Aviv University.

His film Mike Brant-Laisse Moi T'aime won the 2002 Israeli Academy Award for Best Documentary for 2002, and had its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival 2003.

He has worked on numerous projects with renowned filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker, including the Oscar-nominated The War Room, a three-part series celebrating Woodstock's 25th anniversary called Woodstock Diary, the documentary, and Only the Strong Survive.

In 2001, Erez joined with "Steps For the Future," an international collaboration of filmmakers working on an HIV/AIDS film campaign project for South Africa, and in 2003 he joined the Africa 10 team to work on a series of films for the 10 year anniversary of South African Independence.


“ This is the stuff cinema is made of... A bourgeois fairytale… A film that gets stuck in one’s throat like suffocating tears. ” Doron Brosh, Ma'ariv

“ Elegant and enchanting from the very start... Touching, sharp, and exceptionally captivating… Succeeds, quite wondrously, not to avoid all the hard questions raised by representing one of Israel's richest families... ” Eli Morano's Television and Film Blog

“ Presents an intriguing point of view on family relations… Wonderfully executed. ” Shira Margalit, Saloona

“ Everyone in Midyan's film speaks with such rare and touching openness...” Yuval Abromovich, Israel Today

“ A lovely film.” Yael Dan, Galaz Radio

“ An intelligent film that moves you to tears.” Avner Bernheimer, Screenwrite

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