Co-presented by the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival and The Loft Cinema.
In Zero Motivation, Private Benjamin meets M*A*S*H, speaks Hebrew and keeps kosher. This hilarious and keenly observant dark comedy is set in a remote desert military base where a platoon of young women soldiers, all Israeli conscripts, serve out their time playing computer games, singing pop songs and conspiring to get transferred to Tel Aviv – while endlessly serving coffee to the men who run the show.
“An absurdist black comedy … full of unexpected twists and turns, it’s a militaristic, Office Space-style satire.” – Ronnie Scheib, Variety
Pencil-pushers in the Human Resources Office, best friends Zohar (Dana Ivgy) and Daffi (Nelly Tagar) pass the time with very little to do and an overwhelming urge to alleviate the boredom in increasingly creative ways, which naturally gets them into trouble on a regular basis. The indolent twosome are watched over by their aspiring senior officer, Rama (Shani Klein), who dreams of a higher position and a significant military career, but with a platoon of unskilled, idle female soldiers without any drive under her charge, her ambitions for promotion are constantly thwarted. Filled with funny, quick-witted, zany women who wield their staple guns like automatic weaponry, Zero Motivation deftly illustrates the notion that if there is a war going on, it’s one against boredom, bad uniforms, dopey rules, and doing everything in triplicate. Debut filmmaker Talya Lavie has been called Israel’s answer to Lena Dunham, thanks to her sharp comic timing and keen ability to switch tones from slapstick to satiric to genuinely moving. Winner of the top prize for narrative world cinema at the Tribeca Film Festival, Zero Motivation is destined to be one of the most talked about films of the year. (Dir. by Talya Lavie, 2014, Israel, in Hebrew with subtitles, 100 mins., Not Rated)