Lama Films presents

A film by Ran Tal

The Garden of Eden | גן עדן

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The Garden of Eden

Israel 2012
74 min
Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese, Yidish
English Subtitles

“The Garden of Eden” is the story of Gan HaShlosha, better known as the “Sakhne”, one of the largest, most famous and most visited parks in Israel.

During the spring, summer, fall and winter seasons of one full year, the film documents the park’s transformation, and with a spectacular expression of cinematic beauty, it tells the stories of the people who visit the park and work therein:

Yaacov, whose wife left him and who has since been living a sad and lonely existence; Athir, who is planning to move to Canada because life in Israel does not enable him to reach his full potential; Yael, who was forced to wed at the age of 13 and suffered many years of physical and mental abuse; Itzhak, who has yet to recover from the death of his brother in war and seeks a refuge from the mourning in the cool waters. These are but some of the captivating and touching individuals which the camera encounters.

Director Ran Tal, who dismantled and reassembled the myth of the kibbutz in his film “Children of the Sun”, studies the innermost parts of Israeli society with humor, beauty, pain and compassion in the least expected location – a recreation park.

Festivals & Awards

Best Director, Jerusalem film festival. Israel

Jury statement: A meticulous exploration that stretches the boundaries of documentary film language, a beautiful orchestration between sound and image, creating a chronicle of what lies under the surface and behind the postcard.

IDFA - Amsterdam, festival page

True/False Film Fest, festival page

hotdocs 2013, festival page

Inependent Film Festival Boston 2013, festival page

Planete + DOC Film Festival 2013, festival page

DOC.fest Munchen 2013, festival page

Seret – London Israeli Film Festival – England (June 2013), festival page

Pärnu Film Festival – Estonia (July 2013), festival page

Mediteran Film Festival – Bosnia (August 2013), festival page

Grand Prix - Best Feature Award

New Orleans International Film Festival – USA/Louisiana (October 2013), festival page

Chicago Israeli Film Festival – USA/Illinois (October 2013), festival page

Bucharest Jewish Film Festival – Romania (October 2013)

International Jewish Film Festival – Australia (November 2013), festival page

Miradas Doc – Spain (November 2013), festival page

Best film

Other Israel Film Festival – USA/NY (November 2013), festival page

Camerimage – Poland (November 2013), festival page

Israeli Documentary Filmmakers Forum – Israel (November 2013)

5 Awards including Best Film of the year

MATI Center Israeli Film Festival – USA/California (December 2013)

Washington Jewish Film Festival – USA/Washington DC (February 2014), festival page


Producer Amir Harel ● Director Ran Tal


Director Ran Tal

Producers Amir Harel, Ayelet Kait, Ran Tal

Editor Nili Feller

Cinematographer Daniel Kedem

Sound Designer Alex Claude

Sound Recording Tully Chen

Music Avi Belleli

Additional photography Itay Marom


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שעות הקרנה קרובות ופרטים נוספים ניתן למצוא בעמוד הפייסבוק של גן עדן


Toronto film scene - Trista Devries

FILMMAKER - Vadim Rizov

Jewish Tribune - Barbara Shainbaum - Shai Ginsburg

Nirit Anderman - Ha'Aretz

Uri Klein - Haaretz

ערב רב - יעל מונק

אופיר איל - אידיבי

ניר מן - מקור ראשון

אבנר שביט - וואלה

נירית אנדרמן - הארץ

אורי קליין - הארץ

יאיר רווה - סינמסקופ

יעל שוב - Time Out