Mabul – The Flood



At the age of 13, Yoni is growing up: fast. But, not fast enough, for this diminuitive young man who is obsessed with getting bigger, taller and stronger. On the eve of his Bar Mitzvah, Yoni has no choice but to “become a man” when he’s faced with the unexpected return of his autistic brother who he has not seen for almost ten years.



Ronit Elkabetz
Michael Moshonov
Yoav Rotman
Tzachi Grad
Lir Katz
Dekel Adin
Esti Zakheim

Directed by: Guy Nattiv
Written by: Guy Nattiv & Noa Berman-Herzberg
Based on a short film by Noa Berman-Herzberg

Produced by: Chilik Michaeli, Ina Fichman, Avraham Pirchi, Tami Leon, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery, David Silber
K5 International Producers: Daniel Baur, Oliver Simon
Executive Producers: Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Elie Meirovitz, Eric Heumann

Director of Photography:Philippe Lavalette C.S.C
Editor: Tali Halter-Shenkar
Script Editor: Savi Gabizon

Production Designer: Yoal Herzberg
Original Music: Patrick Watson
Costume Designer: Francois Laplante

Casting: Ruth Gazit Argov
Sound: Ashi Milo
Sound Design: Steve Gurman

Line Producer: Gideon Gadi
Head of Production UCM: Julia Schifter
1st Ass. Director: Idit Jewnin

Gaffer: Clermont Lapointe
Key Grip: Gal Altshuler
Set Decorator: Dror Saragoti

Make Up Artist:Ziv Katanov
Wardrobe Supervisor: John Stowe
VFX: Dean Lewis

An Israel/Canada co-production
UCM Films, Intuitive Pictures, Metro Communications in association with K5 Film, MACT Productions, EZ Productions, Ocean Film Distribution, Filmoption International
Supported by:
The Israel Film Fund, SODEC, The Israel Fund for Film Production


Haifa International Film Festival 2010
• Best full-length Israeli Feature
• Best Cinematography
• Award for unique artistic contribution in the Israeli feature Film Competition – Yoav Rotman
The Jury (Haifa): «Guy Nattiv’s control of the cinematic language is skilled and confident. This is a moving film that avoids sentimentality, a metaphoric film that despite its use of biblical symbolism creates
sadness and anxiety, rage and joy, that cross the boundaries of the metaphor to create a touching reality. The film’s selection shows our vote of confidence in the talent and future of the filmmaker.»
The Israeli Academy Awards
• Nominated for 6 awards (Best film, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, script, sound track)
• Won – Michael Moshonov – Best Supporting Actor


“Well cast, intensely thesped, gorgeously rendered pic… Newcomer Rotman is a rare find, delivering a performance that is completely natural and convincing. Working in a fluid, lyrical style in which the visual provides even more information than the verbal, Nattiv (“Strangers”) confirms his directorial chops. Easily one of the year’s most impressive-looking Israeli films, “The Flood” owes much to the superlative camerawork of France-trained, Quebec-based lenser Philippe Lavalette and the poetic editing of Tali Halter-Shenkar. Other craft contributions are first-class.”
- Variety (Alissa Simon) Oct. 14, 2010

“….the movie contains several lovely as well as extremely powerful scenes. And it has one other great virtue – Yoav Rotman as Yoni, Tomer’s younger brother. Rotman demonstrates the skill of an experienced actor, shifting between fury held in check and expressed compassion. His presence sets the entire film going and sweeps viewers into its world so they identify with its human life.”
- Haaretz (Uri Klien) Oct. 4, 2010

MABUL: The Flood proved to be a warm, crowd-pleaser, with superb performances especially from veteran actress Ronit Elkabetz (The Band’s Visit) and Michael Moshonov (Lebanon). The biggest
surprise was Nattiv’s mature and moderate pacing — a fluid directing hand… Nattiv rises to the occasion, delivering a delicate and moving film.”
- Ioncinema (Eithan Wei) Oct. 11, 2010

Technicals information

Length:101 min
Year: 2011
Exhibition format: DCP
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles