Jellyfish led the way among a crop of Israeli features attracting the critics’ attention at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, taking home the prestigious Golden Camera award. An understated, beautifully shot tale of interconnecting lives in modern-day Tel Aviv, the film uses the sea to great effect, though its meditative tone is balanced by some sharp humour courtesy of writer-director team Geffen and Keret. Already successful authors in Israel, they can add another string to their bow with this accomplished feature film debut.
The focus of the excellent ensemble cast is Batya (Sarah Adler) as an unhappy young waitress, whose encounter with a strange little girl on the beach instigates her own journey of self-discovery. A wedding reception introduces us to Batya’s fellow lost souls, including a Filipino domestic who just cannot master Hebrew and the newly-weds themselves, forced to honeymoon a little closer to home than planned. Expect the unexpected…

Winner – Cannes Film Festival 2007, Camera d’Or