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June 17–23, 2016

Chicago Premiere


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Film still: Princess Film still: Princess
Best Israeli Feature
Best Music
Best Cinematography
Film Fest
"Absorbing, disturbingly seductive"
Critics' Pick
  —New York Times
Critics' Pick "It's hard to keep watching. Don't stop"
  —Village Voice
"Tali Shalom Ezer's debut is a remarkable achievement. Featuring terrific performances, particularly from lead Shira Haas, and a sense of directorial control over every frame, it's nevertheless a film destined to divide viewers"
  —Hollywood Reporter
  —NewCity Chicago

Adar, an androgynous 12-year-old girl, lives in a small apartment with her mother, Alma, and her young stepfather, Michael. The three co-exist in an unconventional and intimate way, with Adar often slipping into bed to sleep with Alma and Michael. While Alma is at work, Adar's close relationship with the unemployed Michael has taken a dark turn, involving gender-bending role-playing games that turn fantasy into violation. As Adar's home life turns increasingly intrusive, she begins to search for help outside, but discovers she must retreat into a new friendship with Alan, a boy who looks startlingly like her, in order to cope.

In her bold debut film, writer/director Tali Shalom-Ezer unflinchingly dramatizes disturbing subject matter and shows the extreme and insidious ways it affects her characters. She goes deep into the psyche of her young protagonist (Shira Haas, in a performance of quiet strength and maturity) and implicates the adults in a profound way. Princess is a deeply moving that tells an unsettling story about self-preservation in the wake of lost innocence, which will forever change Adar's concept of "family".

Directed by Tali Shalom-Eze, Israel, 2014, 92 mins. In Hebrew with English subtitles.


  • Fri., June 17 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., June 18 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., June 19 at 1 & 7:15 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., June 20–23 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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