The upcoming For Film’s Sake Festival is a festival worth getting excited about, featuring a whole bunch of amazing work by even more amazing female filmmakers. Last Round is one of the many short films on the line up, written and directed by Ziv Mamon. The film is about Eliya, a Tel Aviv barfly who drinks, does blow and drifts through the night in a daze until we discover that she has a life altering appointment the next morning. Check out Ziv’s questionnaire answers below, and see the film in person on Saturday April the 29th at 12.30pm, screening alongside Frisky. Head to For Film’s Sake to purchase tickets and while you’re at it like them on Facebook and Instagram to keep in the loop with all the very exciting events they have planned.
What film will you be showing at For Film’s Sake?
What’s it about?
Eliya is a Tel Aviv barfly. She drinks, does blow, picks up a female bartender for a male friend. The three leave the club together. As Eliya drifts through the night, in a party daze, we find out she has a life-changing appointment in the morning.
Tell us about making it!
Making the movie was an amazing, insightful experience. There are lots of similarities between my reality and the world depicted in my film, so it has been fascinating to observe it from the side, not from within the situation. In a way, it was like playing with a doll house, only the dolls are people that I know.
Have perceptions towards female directors/filmmakers changed since you started directing?
There’s a growing discussion on feminist filmmaking. I relate to the notion that women create differently from men, probably because we are completely different creatures. However, emphasising it is empowerment based on compensation of some sort of deficiency, much like “Women’s Day”. The fact is, we haven’t reached the point of equality of the sexes just yet. There are plenty of existing gaps still awaiting to be bridged, and just giving us women a day isn’t going to cut it.
Do you remember your very first time watching a movie that made you feel proud to be a woman?
The first time I watched Andrea Arnold’s “Red Road”, it stimulated very strong feelings in me. The movie portrays intricate situations women have to deal with in a male dominated world. It sharpened my perception of the concept of victim, followed by the urge for revenge, as the woman in the film is experiencing. Actually, the film I’m currently working on is dealing with this process.
What’s the hardest part of being a female filmmaker?
I believe the hardest part is getting funding from film foundations. At least in Israel it’s pretty clear from the get-go that films by male directors will get funding. It feels like female directors get funding only due to affirmative action. I’m not certain how many people are aware of this issue, and perhaps less women decide to direct to begin with, perceiving it as a traditionally male profession. Up to the present day, female directors are still the exception.
Any advice for aspiring female filmmakers?
The subjects my films deal with attempt to undermine the existing order, to redefine the power balance between the sexes. I wish to emphasize how complex it is to be a woman in this world. I’d advise fellow female directors to do so by writing main female roles, telling stories that derive from their personal experiences as women, enriching the feminist discourse through their films.