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The Women’s Balcony Movie Review

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The Women’s Balcony Movie Review
The Women’S Balcony (Ismach Hatani) Menemsha Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: Emil Ben-Shimon Written by: Shlomit Nehama Cast: Orna Banai, Itzik Cohen, Einat Sarouf, Igal Naor, Evelin Hagoel, Aviv Alush Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 5/3/17 Opens: May 26 at New York’s Quad Cinema and Lincoln Plaza When a non-Jewish friend […]

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Jon Turteltaub to Direct A Matter of Size Comedy

Jon Turteltaub to Direct A Matter of Size Comedy
Jon Turteltaub will direct producer David Permut's remake of 2009 Israeli comedy A Matter of Size for Paramount. Howard Franklin is penning the script.

David Permut's shingle, Permut Presentations, owns remake rights to the character-driven comedy about a group of overweight people who become sumo wrestlers. The original film, which was directed by Sharon Maymon and Erez Tadmor and starred Itzik Cohen, played at several film festivals in 2009 and 2010.
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Director Jon Turteltaub Takes on Sumo Comedy A Matter Of Size

What are overweight people to do when diet and exercise are simply not working? The answer: become sumo wrestlers. That’s the premise behind A Matter of Size, a remake of a 2009 Israeli movie directed by Sharon Maymon and Erez Tadmor. The re-imagining will be directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) from a script by Howard Franklin (The Big Year). The Paramount project will be produced by David Permut, whose Permut Presentations owns the remake rights to the original property. Hit the jump for more on A Matter of Size. THR reported on Turteltaub helming the sumo comedy remake. Check out the trailer for the original below: Here's the synopsis from the original A Matter of Size: A Matter of Size is an Israeli comedy (yes, comedy!) like nothing you've seen before, a hilarious and heart-warming tale about about a coming out of a different kind: four overweight guys
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A Matter of Size

A Matter of Size

Directed by Erez Tadmor & Sharon Maymon

2009, Israel/France/Germany, 90 mins.

This is the sort of film that will fool you. At first glace, it presents itself as an unlikely fish-out-of-water comedy: an overweight Israeli dishwasher, fed up with dieting, convinces his Japanese boss to help him start a Sumo club. You might be forgiven if you expect this film to devolve into a trite message about ‘just being yourself,’ but you’d also thankfully be wrong. This film is cleverer than that, and to its credit, takes a far more honest approach to being overweight than most comedies dare.

Despite the fact that A Matter of Size is a comedy with a primarily overweight cast, it avoids (for the most part) the pratfalls and hijinks typical otherwise typical to large actors. There are no dinnertime fart scenes in this film. Rather, the comedy is character-driven. Aharon
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Tribeca ‘09 Interview | “A Matter of Size” co-Director Sharon Maymon (Discovery section)

Editor’s Note: This is one of dozens of interviews, conducted via email, with directors whose films are screening at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival in the narrative and doc competitions as well as the Discovery section. The festival takes place April 22 - May 3. “A Matter of Size”, Feature Narrative, 2009, 92 min., Israel (Discovery section) Directed by: Erez Tadmor, Sharon Maymon Primary Cast: Itzik Cohen, Irit Kaplan, Dvir Benedek, …
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