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Working Woman: A Film by Israeli Filmmaker Michal Aviad

Opening at the IFC Center March 27. Including a Q & A with Israeli Filmmaker Michal Aviad on 3/27 and 3/30.

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“TIMELY AND POWERFUL…. The latest from Israeli director Aviad arrives at just the right cultural moment, being an insightful drama about sexual harassment in the workplace, and the power dynamics that trap women in an office with their abusers…. Ben-Shlush is riveting as a competent, capable woman coming apart under the constant, smothering stress of a situation she never thought she’d experience.” – Norman Wilner, Now Magazine
“This tightly-focused workplace drama could hardly be more timely… Finely-drawn characters and the kind of grey-area scenario that may be uncomfortably familiar to many women make this a thought-provoking addition to the post #metoo conversation.”- Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

SYNOPSIS

Orna, (Liron Ben Shlush) is the mother of three young children with a husband struggling to start his own restaurant. To help support her family Orna returns to the workplace, landing a job with a former army superior, Benny (Menashe Noy) who is now a successful real estate developer. While Orna embraces her new position and tries to balance its demands with her home life, she begins to experience escalating sexual harassment from her boss. Her rapid rise through the ranks and her increasing financial success seem to parallel a pattern of predatory behavior which ultimately brings her career and marital relationship to the brink. This timely and devastating story is expertly told by long time feminist filmmaker Michal Aviad.

FILMMAKER MICHAL AVIAD

Michal Aviad

Credit: Matt Johnstone Publicity

An acclaimed and award winning documentary and narrative filmmaker, Michal Aviad was born in Jerusalem, Israel. She studied literature and philosophy at Tel Aviv University, and began making films in San Francisco in the 1980s. Since returning to Israel in 1991, she has continued to write, direct and produce films. Aviad is a senior faculty member at Tel Aviv University’s Tisch School of Cinema. Her critically acclaimed films include Acting Our Age (1987), Jenny and Jenny (1997), Invisible (2011), and Dimona Twist (2016).

After many award-winning documentary films, her first fiction film, Invisible, won the Ecumenical Prize at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama section), Best Israeli Film and Best Actress at the 2011 Haifa Film Festival and the Grand Prize at the 2012 Creteil Women Film Festival in France. Invisible was released theatrically in Israel and France, and was chosen by MoMA for a limited release in New York. Working Woman is her second fiction film.

GROUP DISCOUNTS

Groups of 10 or more can get tickets for $13 ($3 off regular tix) for all Mon-Thurs and Fri before 5pm (Opening Night and holidays not included). Please email Shelby.Shaw@ifccenter.com for bookings.

March 27 – April 12

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