In a kibbutz in the 1970s, Dvir, a 12 year old boy faces the harsh demands of the collective while struggling to make room for, and bring happiness to, his emotionally unstable mother. Without a father around and living away from his mother in the children’s house, Dvir is determined to help his mother find solace and start a new life. Based on the personal memories of writer-director Dror Shaul, this accomplished film cuts through the romantic idea of the kibbutz, focusing on the individual struggle to find love and fulfilment within the rigid rules of this community. One of the most impressive productions of recent Israeli cinema (and selected to represent Israel at the Oscars) the film comes to this – its UK premiere – with a handful of prestigious international awards. With an outstanding cast and great visual beauty, Sweet Mud reveals the complexity of its characters’ lives reverberating under the surface of an impressive pastoral landscape.