The Israeli film “Zero Motivation” on Thursday took home top accolades in the form of the Best Narrative Feature prize at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
The film, a modestly budgeted comic take on boredom and postponed dreams among young women in the Israeli Defense Forces, also nabbed the festival’s Nora Ephron Prize.
“Zero Motivation” is the debut feature-length effort for writer-director Talya Lavie.
“With a script that is extremely funny and a little bit sad, ‘Zero Motivation’ walks a fine line between wacky farce and the brutal realism of the mundane,” The Times of Israel’s film writer Jordan Hoffman wrote in a piece about the film this week.
“Individual moments have the ring of specificity and truth, but the characters are wonderfully universal. With some good marketing and a little bit of luck this could be the most successful Israeli film in a generation,” he wrote.
“I came to the army so serious, but there was a sense of absurd,” Lavie said in an interview with Hoffman. “With this film, I wanted to show the silly things.
“Maybe that’s a way to deal with this situation. The part of them doing those nonsense games is a serious part in the film.”
Each of the two Tribeca festival awards carries a $25,000 cash prize.