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Monday, January 6, 2014

“Goldberg & Eisenberg” Gets Slamdance Selection

Great news for Israeli Horror and “Goldberg & Eisenberg” on the film circuit. I have seen some of the films coming from the Hebrew horror scene and I have to say that there are great things brewing in Israeli Indie film.

After winning awards at Fantastic Fest in Austin and Screamfest in Los Angeles, Oren Carmi's acclaimed thriller GOLDBERG & EISENBERG looks set to take 2014 by storm after being selected to screen in official competition at SLAMDANCE in Park City.

Confirming the new wave of 'Hebrew Horror' established by recent Israeli genre films such as Rabies, Big Bad Wolves and Cannon Fodder, GOLDBERG & EISENBERG is a darkly comedic thriller about a lonely computer programmer who becomes the victim of a psychopathic stalker and will screen at Slamdance on January 19th and 21st 2014.

"There are numerous points of reference for Carmi’s genre-bending style of filmmaking; the dark deadpan humor and absurdism of the Coen Brothers is an obvious source for comparison. However, this film is coming from an unique and original place. In addition to being a skilled storyteller, Carmi has a special knack for extracting humor out of grave situations. He pushes this scenario into extremely uncomfortable territory without ever losing his grip on the characters and narrative - Rodney Perkins, Fantastic Fest.

Goldberg is short and thin. He wears glasses. He's lonely. He's a mediocre computer programmer that lives in Tel Aviv and spends most of his energy searching online for a girlfriend. His only friend is Audrey, his beloved female dog. Eisenberg is a thug. Tall, fat, approaching middle age and not completely sane. He spends his days slouching around Meir Park, harassing innocent bystanders and doing business with petty thieves and small-time criminals. Unfortunately the two cross paths, and Eisenberg decides that they should start hanging out. But something in his demeanor says that he wants to be much more than just friends... Goldberg tries to avoid him, but Eisenberg's presence is everywhere: his apartment, his dating life, even his nightmares. When Eisenberg threatens Goldberg's beloved dog he realizes he must leave his manners behind, but his actions back-fire and events spin out of control. Goldberg is unwillingly drawn into Eisenberg's bizarre world, a world of petty thieves.

Goldberg & Eisenberg - Trailer from o c on Vimeo.
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