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Korean Premiere | 2014 Jerusalem International Film Festival – Best Feature, Best Cinematography, Best Actress, Best Music / 2015 Sundance Film Festival Synopsis Program Note
While her mother is away from home, 12-year-old Adar’s role-playing games with her stepfather move into dangerous territory. Seeking an escape, Adar finds Alan - an ethereal boy who joins her on a dark journey between reality and fantasy.
Princess is one of the most complicated and problematic films in the 17th SIWFF. So, I am very curious about how the audience would respond to this film. Adar, a 12 year- old girl lives with her stepfather, who is a teacher. She is the only child and wants her mother\'s attention. Unfortunately her mother just cares about her second husband. Adar\'s biological father is too cold to open her heart. Hence, Adar often tries to come between her mother and her stepfather to make her presence. Her attempts to fill the lack of affection from her mother, however, strangely turn into the erotic relations with her stepfather. In the meantime, she meets Alan wandering the street instead of going to school. As Alan, a boy of her age similar to her appearance, visits her house, a new fantasy begins. This film well depicts a teen girl\'s fantasy about sexual relationship going beyond the boundaries of sex and taboos. The erotic relations between main characters, namely Adar, her mother, her stepfather and Alan, completely go against the existing representations of child sexual abuse and incest. [Sunah KIM]
Korean Premiere | 2014 Jerusalem International Film Festival – Best Feature, Best Cinematography, Best Actress, Best Music / 2015 Sundance Film Festival
Tali SHALOM-EZERTali SHALOM-EZER
Tali SHALOM-EZER is an award-winning screenwriter and director and a graduate of Tel Aviv University’s Film Department. Princess is her debut feature film and had its International Premiere at Sundance. The script for the film won the Highlight Pitch Award at the Berlinale Talent Project Market in 2009, and was subsequently invited to the Script Development Program at the Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam. Princess also received the Award for Best Israeli Feature at the Jerusalem Film Festival in 2014. She lives in Tel Aviv and lectures at the Tel Aviv University’s Department of Film and Television.