'Seven Blessings' is director Ayelet Menahemi Menahemi’s first feature since 2007’s 'Noodle'.
Israel has selected the family comedy Seven Blessings, directed by Ayelet Menahemi, as its official entry for consideration in the International Feature Film category at the Academy Awards.
The ensemble cast of the film includes talents such as Raymonde Amsallem and Eleanor Sela, who also share co-writing credits. Joining them are Tiki Dayan, Emanuel Boussidan, and Idit Tepreson.
Seven Blessings made its theatrical debut in Israel under the banner of United King Films on September 7. The international sales and US distribution arrangements are yet to be finalised.
Set against the backdrop of Jerusalem in the early 1990s, the story revolves around a lively Jewish Moroccan family as they celebrate a momentous family wedding. Throughout the festivities, traditional blessings are recited not only during the ceremony and reception but also on each of the seven nights following the wedding, with family members hosting special dinners in honour of the newlyweds.
Beneath the facade of joy and togetherness, hidden secrets, lies, and an old wound from the past threaten to disrupt the harmony of their lives. Adding to the complexity, the film delves into the comedic chaos stemming from the family’s diverse linguistic backgrounds, with members conversing in Hebrew, Arabic, French, and the French Moroccan dialect.
Seven Blessings marks Ayelet Menahemi’s return to the director’s chair, her first feature since 2007’s acclaimed Noodle. The film is produced by Ronen Ben Tal under his production company, Bental Productions Ltd.