Archive Cinema City 2016.

One Week and a Day

Shavua Ve Yom

Genre: Drama, comedy
Country: Israel
Year: 2016
Duration: 98'

Director: Asaph Polonsky
Scenario: Asaph Polonsky

Cast: Shai Avivi, Evgenia Dodina, Tomer Kapon, Alona Shauloff, Uri Gavriel, Sharon Alexander, Karmit Mesilati Kaplan

Programme selection: 360°


In the Jewish religion, a week of sitting Shiva (or mourning the deceased) is called for after a funeral. However, for Eyal and Vicky, a week is hardly enough time to properly mourn the loss of their 25-year-old son Ronnie. A married couple edging into the back half of middle age, the two find themselves reacting to the end of the Shiva in markedly different ways. A return to routine seems to be in order for Vicky, a teacher, as she finds herself back at school trying to abruptly kick out the substitute assigned in her stead. Meanwhile, shopkeeper Eyal opts for a total abdication of routine, as he steals his dead son’s bag of medical marijuana, and proceeds to get high, play ping-pong and judge air guitar routines with his neighbor’s stoner son Zooler.


Asaph Polonsky was born in Washington, DC in 1983. In Israel, where he grew up, he directed, wrote and produced two short films, both official selections of the Jerusalem Film Festival. In 2010 he attended The American Film Institute Conservatory’s Directing Program where he directed the 2013 Student Academy Award Nominee thesis film Samnang, which premiered at the New York Film Festival and won awards and screened at several film festivals internationally. His debut feature film One Week and a Day, was participated in the 2012 Sam Spiegel International Film Lab – Jerusalem, participated in the 2013 Sofia Meetings and won the 2015 Haifa Film Festival Work in Progress Award. Asaph was awarded AFI’s Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence Award, an Irwin and Sheila Allen Scholarship and an America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship.

Original language: Hebrew
Subtitle: English, Serbian