Avishai Sivan • Israel • 2015 • A scholar experiences a strange awakening.
A religious scholar from Jerusalem, Haim-Aaron’s talent and devotion are envied by all. In the midst of a fast, he collapses and loses consciousness. Upon arriving at the scene the paramedics announce his death, but his father, refusing to let him go, continues to resuscitate him. Defying all expectations, Haim-Aaron comes back to life. With a strange sensation in his body, and the fear that God is testing him, Haim-Aaron finds it impossible to return to his studies with the same passion as before.
Set in Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community and shot in stunning black-and-white cinematography, Tikkun sardonically charts a young man’s crisis of faith. Avishai Sivan’s third film premiered at New Directors/New Films, Transilvania, where it won Best Director; Valladolid, where it won Best Director of Photography; and Locarno, where it won a Special Jury Prize.