Since the sudden loss of his older brother in a car crash, ten- year-old Adam has been struggling at home and failing at school. Neglected by his grief-stricken parents, he is overcome with his own sorrow and guilt, while also confronting the daily torment of class bullies. Everything changes the day Adam meets Abulele, an oversized furry monster of legend that is feared by many, but proves to be a friendly companion to children in need. As Adam and his new best friend outsmart his tormentors at school, the boy’s parents start to suspect their son is harboring a secret. Meantime, an elite special forces team closes in, tasked with capturing the beast. In order to save his best friend, Adam will have to get Abulele back home to its family, and to do so, he will need to put the past behind him and realize that when you truly love someone, you are never really alone. This is a first for Israeli cinema in family-friendly entertainment and state-of-the-art visual effects. Look for a Hollywood remake in the near fu

  • Yoav Sadian (A Place in Heaven, Shtisel), Bar Minali (Big Bad Wolves, By Summer’s End), Micha Celektar (The World is Funny, Brothers) and Makram Khoury (Homeland, Magic Men
  • Jonathan Geva
  • Jonathan Geva
  • 96 minutes
  • In Hebrew with English subtitles.

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Welcome to the largest Big Tent community showcase of Israeli features, docs and TV series--made in Israel and/or by Israelis in the past 12 months--in the Midwest! You’ll take a deep dive beyond the headlines. See Chicago Premieres of some of the most talented and internationally award-winning directors, actors and other artists working today as they share their multicultural perspectives. And have unprecedented opportunities to dialog, laugh, cry, party and otherwise interact in person with cinephiles of all backgrounds. We look forward to seeing you again, or meeting you for the first time, soon.

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