In an Israeli military town, four kids fight their own war without any moral qualms
Visionär presents Land of the Little People on the 31st of October at IL KINO, don’t miss it! The first feature by Yaniv Berman made its world premiere last year in Shanghai’s Asian New Talent competition. We are proud to bring it to our Berlin audience.
In Land of the Little People, Israeli director Yaniv Berman and Palestinian producer Tony Copti metaphorically describe how children learn to kill and justify it.
Another war begins in Israel, and most men are drafted to serve their country. The mothers are sitting worried in front of the televisions and listen to the constant news reports, while the kids, with no one to supervise them, wander around and play in an abandoned army base. To their surprise, they discover two soldiers who deserted their units, using their camp as a hideout. The children try to regain control over their stolen territory, but the soldiers hold their grounds. Ruthless struggle develops between the groups, and the soldiers, who sought refuge from the war outside, find themselves in another war, which turns to be as dangerous and bloody.
Deborah Young wrote on the Hollywood Reporter: “Using just the right, understated dose of symbolism, the film takes on an especially frightening quality like in a fairy tale whose monster is invisible and invincible”.