Yona

Drugs, abortions, hospitalisations, this is the dramatic life story of Yona Wallach, Israel’s best-known poet, whose tragic life and wonderful work can be compared with those of Sylvia Plath. Her father’s death fueled her voice as a poet, and in constantly testing her boundaries, she suffered from a mental breakdown. Her struggle to resume writing and ‘attain immortality’ was a price she was willing to pay. Yona follows the dramatic life story of legendary Israeli poet, feminist, and advocate of bisexuality. A lone woman making her first steps in the realm of Hebrew poetry. It’s the early sixties and Wallach’s battle for recognition takes place in a male-dominated environment.
http://www.seret.org.uk/film/yona/

Year:
2014
Length:
100 minutes
Country:
Director:
Nir Bergman
@ Amazon:
Buy DVD
Poster for Yona

Shown at

  1. 24th Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  2. Brussels Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  3. Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema - 2015
  4. Seret: The Amsterdam Israeli Film and Television Festival - 2015
  5. UK Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  6. Washington Jewish Film Festival - 2016

3 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    Yona explores the life of a poet who turned madness into verse

    Nir Bergman’s biopic of Israeli writer Yona Wallach screens at this year’s Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema.

    http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/yona-wallach-nir-bergman-festival-of-israeli-cinema/Content?oid=19623464

  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    Yona Fails to Capture the Essence of Real-Life Poet Yona Wallach

    Calling Yona a perfectly serviceable, by-the-book biopic for American audiences would be a stretch. The film focuses on a minor portion of a real person’s life while ignoring, or rather exploiting, certain things that make them interesting human beings and misrepresenting said person in the worst ways.

    http://www.miaminewtimes.com/arts/gems-2015-yona-fails-to-capture-the-essence-of-real-life-poet-yona-wallach-7993915

  3. jewishfilmfests says:

    An engrossing biopic

    ‘Yona,’ the story of a troubled poet, soars.

    http://www.jpost.com/Not-Just-News/Movie-Review-An-engrossing-biopic-385031

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *