Two Israeli Films, One Starring Transgender Woman, to Be Screened at Tribeca Film Festival

This year’s features program includes 103 films – half directed by women, and 29%, says the festival, by people of color

Stav Strashko
Itiel Zion

The Israeli films ‘Flawless’ and ‘Leftover Woman’ are among the 103 movies from 124 film-makers to be screened at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, which is taking place from April 24 to May 5.

“Flawless” was directed by Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon, and tells the tale of teenagers who decide to sell their kidneys to pay for cosmetic surgery and prom dresses. The film was nominated for 12 Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Stav Strashko, the first transgender woman to be nominated in the category.

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It is the second full-length feature to be directed by Granit and Maymon, the first being “A Good Death” in 2012, which was screened at festivals in Venice and Toronto.

“Leftover Woman” is a documentary about Chinese women in their 20s who gain education and live in big cities but remain unmarried. The film tracks three of them, describing the stigmas and social pressure to wed.

This year’s features program includes 103 films – half directed by women, and 29%, says the festival, by people of color.