Yona is based on the turbulent life story of Yona Wallach, one of the greatest poets to have written in the Hebrew language. The film focuses on a period when Wallach was not yet a household name, but a young woman from the countryside, orphaned by father, making her first steps in the realm of Hebrew poetry. The time is the early sixties and Wallach’s battle for recognition takes place in a chauvinistic, male-dominant environment of poets, which is already replete with generational bad blood. With her breakthrough and the inevitable transition from the countryside to the big city, Yona – who is immersed in testing her own limits and wants to experience everything – undergoes a mental breakdown. During those years, mental patients were treated with LSD in a way that did not help improve their condition, to say the least. Her struggle to resume writing and attain immortality in the canon of Hebrew poetry – the price she was willing to pay for that immortality – is the film’s main plotline.


Yona: Naomi Levov
Moked: Shalom Michaelashvili
Amos: Itamar Rothchild
Yair: Michael Moshonov

Director: Nir Bergman
Screenwriter: Dita Guery & Nir Bergman
Based on the novel “Yona Wallach” by Igal Sarna

Producers:  Chilik Michaeli, Michael Eckelt, Tami Leon, Avraham Pirchi, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery

Director of Photography: Michael Wiesweg BVK
Editor: Ayala Bengad

Production Designer: Avi Avivi
Original Score: Avi Belleli
Costume Designer: Michal Dor & Inbal Rozental

Make-up : Karin Geva
Art Director:  Dorit Ben Shoshan
Visual Effects: Dani Cohen

Casting: Limor Shmila
Sound Recordist: Steffen Graubaum
Sound Designer & Mix: Shelly Bar-On

Line Producer: Kainan Eldar
Line Producer (Germany): Christian Vennefrohne

Produced by: UCM & Riva Filmproduktion GmbH

With the support of The Israel Film Fund | The Jerusalem Film & TV Fund |  MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg  | The Israel Fund for Film Production

Technicals information

Length: 100 min
Year: 2014
Languages: Hebrew
Subtitling: Hebrew / English

Sales Contact

World Sales:
The Match Factory

Israeli Distribution:
United King Films