There are three versions of the short film about Agnon. The one in Hebrew focuses mainly on his life and work as a Jewish-Israeli author and contains footage of him reading from his writing. This film is part of the Israel Film Service. Another version is the one with English narration and focuses more on his work in the international context, and the literary analysis of his work. Four minutes of footage from the Nobel awards ceremony is included here, along with newsreel materials. A third version is a shortened version of the English one and primarily takes a look at Agnon’s daily life in his home, his city and his work habits.
Thirty years ago, we documented the Mammilla neighborhood, which is at the foot of Jaffa Gate. At that time it seemed that the neighborhood was at the brink of death, but now it is waking up to a new life. The connection between the lively and new city of Jerusalem, to the Old City is becoming a reality. On the face of things, there is still a nostalgia for the old beloved neighborhood. There is a longing for tradition, to the warmth of family and above all, to the childhood that remains between the old stones. (From the Mango Image website)
Production year: 2009
Production country: Israel
Filming Location: Israel
Languages: Hebrew, no subtitles
Available Formats: DVD
Director: Nathan Lifshitz
Production by: The Israel Film Service
Producer: Micha Shagrir
Production Company: Tapuz Communications Ltd.
Written, Directed and Edited by: Nathan Lifshitz
Cinematography: Ran Shmueli
Recording: Zohar Glickman
Production Coordinator: Dafna Binyamini
Executive Producer: Dana Gobi
Production services: On Air Ltd., Magno Image Ltd.
Co-production: Gesher Foundation