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Director's Notes

This is a story of Good and Evil.
About the points where the dichotomous pair meets.
The place where they coexist - harmoniously, interdependent of each other.
The place where – for the good to be good, it needs evil, and vice versa.

The story of a boy with two heads holds within it many aspects, brought about principally by my choice to divide them according to their tendencies - one head to do good, the other leaning towards evil. This rarest of creations, as I see it, is a cinematic imagery that invites questions such as who controls the body, and what does this control imply? Questions about identity, truth, the humanity or lack-there-of that resides in the boy, and in each of us.
The significance of conceiving a single body for both Good and Evil to share, is to establish the interdependence of both forces to exist, and to examine the nature of the synthesis of the two.
The original nature of the project touches on the strange, the stranger, and the other, an element of “freak-show” in the film will serve as a gateway to the surrealist / ferry tale reality of this distinct “other”, which in turn will help me sharpen and refine the philosophical and social themes of the film.

The events of the movie take place in the strict Hassidic community in the Mea Shearim, Jerusalem's most religious neighborhood. The choice of setting deepens the moral quandaries with which the film tackles, with the clear rules of this community - its DOs and DON'Ts, right and wrong, good and evil. The Hassidic system's rules and principles are straightforwardly achieved by cinematic means to further enhance the themes which the film addresses.

“Lot's Wife” is the third installment in a movie trilogy about crises of faith in a strict religious community. The first part, “The Wanderer,” was followed by “Tikkun.” One can notice an escalation of the crises that the films portray, from the first movie to the latest - “Lot's Wife.”

The choice of the title - “Lot's Wife”:
The title refers to the biblical story, to which I add my personal / artistic commentary on the woman's angle, namely the female characters in the film - Lot and Noah’s mother Dita, their grandmother Nechama, and Lot’s lover Leah. I find the story of women who dare, even against God's behest, whose command is received as an infallible truth regardless of social / moral norms, to be a fascinating, relevant and subversive conflict.
The film features several women who so dare and follow their convictions, something that is rare among women in the strict Orthodox community. I am drawn to pursue and present the position of the female character in her courage. The woman’s perspective, which brings empathy and compassion, offers a potential solution to the otherwise insoluble (and yet desirable) conflict between Good and Evil.