Birthday Present

2014, IL/AT, 25min, 2K DCP 2,35:1
RED MX, Moviecam High Speeds

Produced at Filmacademy Vienna, MDW

with Nitai Gvritz, Almuth Hattwich & Lana Ettinger

Festival Selection

26th Festival Premiers Plans Angers / FR 2014
*** World premiere
28th Leeds International Film Festival / UK 2014
17th Brussels Short Film Festival / BE 2014
11st Vienna Independent Shorts / AT 2014
30th Haifa International Film Festival / IL 2014
11st Jameson CineFest Miskolc / HU 2014
*** Best short film
04th Aesthetica Short Film Festival / UK 2014
09th Filofest Ljubliana / SI 2014
04th Ascona Film Festival / CH 2015
16th Landshuter Int. Short Film Festival / DE 2015
04th Kyiv Int. Short Film Festival / UA 2015
08th Lviv Int. Short Film Festival / UA 2015
22nd OpenEyes Film Festival Marburg / DE 2015
08th Localize Berlin Potsdam / DE 2015
03rd Ariano Int. Film Festival / IT 2015
06th New York Independent Film Festival / USA 2015
19th UK Jewish Film Festival / UK 2015
15th Nice Film Festival / FR 2015 2015
07th Santa Fe Independent Film Festival / USA 2015
16th Ojai Film Festival California /USA 2015
04th Cinemaiubit Bukarest / RO 2015
*** Jury Spezial Preis

It is Tomer’s Birthday and Clara’s last night in Jerusalem when their short affair takes an unexpected turn. On their last night together Clara, a young Austrian tourist, and Tomer, an Israeli student, find themselves on an unexpected search for the “morning after pill”. Cultural and personal gaps create distance between them. Tomer and Clara try to open up to each other, but every opportunity for closeness is interrupted by the outside world. With multicultural Jerusalem as a backdrop, they are confronted with the realities of two worlds apart. (Guy Lichtenstein)

Written & directed byGuy Lichtenstein
CinematographerGeorg Geutebrueck
Production designerOrtal Shotland
Production sound mixerLaura Endres
EditorAlexander Rauscher
Music composerAlon Lotringer
Executive ProducersSimon Baumgartner, Paul Stren & Uli Müller-Uri
Line producersSimon Baumgartner & Paul Stren
Production managerKobi Azran
Assistant directorSimon Baumgartner
World salesAug&Ohr Medien
1st assistant cameraAnna Baltl
GafferMatthias Ganster
ElectricianPeter Pejanovic
Key gripPeter Pejanovic
VFX supervisorsAndi Daxer & David Teichert
Digital coloristAndi Winter
Camera rentalsArri Rental Austria, & IEG
Lighting rentalsMovie Mobile Israel & Filmakademie Wien