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Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story is a biographical documentary about an amazing storyteller and his ability to find the extraordinary in everyday life.The hybrid documentary has an unusual approach to an unusual writer. Mixing interviews, fiction scenes and animation, this a highly entertaining portrait that captures Keret’s vibrant personality and his inner process of finding stories. Both the director Stephane Kaas, and the writer of the film Rutger Lemm, have known each other since high school and were at the time both reading Keret’s stories. Fifteen years later they decided to make this film about him, and the result embodies the excitement of two boys that grew up loving Keret’s work.

Follows the short Large Soldier.

It’s 1973 and all that Sherry, a 15 year old Israeli girl, wants is a boyfriend. A letter exchange with an unknown soldier makes her believe that it’s going to be her first love. But what will happen when the imaginary soldier becomes real?
Nominee: Ophir Award for Best Short Film – Israeli Academy of Film and Television

Directed by: Noa Guskov
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew w/English subtitles
Year: 2016
Runtime: 22 minutes
Genre: Drama, Romance

David Paperney and Audrey Mehler

Festivals and Awards

  • Winner: Best Feature-Length Documentary Debut [Stephane Kaas (director), Rutger Lemm (writer)] - Master of Art Film Festival, 2018
  • Winner: Best Documentary in Literature [Stephane Kaas (director), Rutger Lemm (writer)] - Master of Art Film Festival, 2018

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Film Info

CountryFrance, Israel, Netherlands, USA
DirectorStephanie Kaas
CastEtgar Keret, Adi Arnon, Steef Cuijpers, Alon Dahan
Runtime 67 min