Israel, 2006 | 111 mins

Yuval Shafferman

Uri Sabag, Einat Bickel

Things behind the Sun' offers a glimpse into the Grossman's family life, each struggling to find love and intimacy while insisting on sealing themselves from each other. When Abraham, the Grossman family's grandfather is hospitalized in a grave manner, Itzhak, his only son, finds himself confronted with a father whom he hasn't spoken with in many years. Itzhak seems incapable of expressing his inner distress, even to his closest. Meanwhile, Smadi, Itzhak's wife, has her first gallery exhibition which exposes for the first time dark family secrets. Didush, the family youngest, is set to decipher each of her family members' riddles. By secretly visiting a grandfather, whom she has never met and constantly asking questions none of the Grossman's wishes to answer Didush will embark on a journey set to reach, touch and piece together those so close yet so detached from her, or even their own selves.

Things Behind the Sun, set in Tel Aviv in an escapist era, is a story of `islands`, trying to reconnect. It tells of the need for love, the necessity of separation and the consolation in coming to terms with the people closest to us, the ones we find hardest to touch.

Cannes –Gidi Orsher, GALEY ZAHAL

"A promising Cinematic rise."

Yair Rave, PNAI PLUS

"The most beautiful and moving Israeli film of the year."


Cannes – Tous Les Cinema du Monde - May 2006
Jerusalem International Film Festival - July 2006

Stockholm Jewish Film Festival - May 2007
San Jose Jewish Film Festival - May 2007
The Jewish Center of the Hamptons film Festival - August 2007
São Paulo Jewish Film Festival - 2007
FICJA - 2007
Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema - October 2007
Washington Jewish Film Festival - December 2007
Jewish Community Center in Manhattan Film Festival - November 2007
The Town Hall Film Festival - December 2007
Miami Jewish Film Festival - June 2008



Best Actor Award for Assi Dayan – Jerusalem International Film Festival 2006
Best Actor, Ofir Awards, Israeli Academy Awards 2006