Guy Nattiv & Erez Tadmor


Greece/Israel, 2014

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Hebrew/Greek with English subtitles

“You won’t be able to shake the feeling that someone really made an effort to better understand the basic core of what makes us humans.” Telavivian

In this cross-cultural pilgrimage, a 78 year-old Greek Holocaust survivor (Makram Khoury) and his Hasidic rapper son (Zohar Shtrauss) embark on a road trip from Israel to Greece in search of a magician who saved the father’s life during World War II.

Both father and son have been estranged for many years so the journey is fraught with tension, opening old wounds and seeing them in all manner of absurd situations. Oddly enough, a Greek prostitute (Ariane Labed) proves instrumental in bridging the seemingly gargantuan gap in their relationship.

As its title suggests, Magic Men is full of magic moments, both heartfelt and comedic. Throughout it all, the notion of ‘returning to the homeland’ and the beautiful Thessaloniki landscape will resonate thematically for many who see it.

Nominated for four Israeli Academy Awards, including a much-deserved win of Best Actor for Makram Khoury.


Written by Erez Tadmor, Guy Nattiv & Sharon Maymon
Produced by Amitan Menelzon & Shemi Shoenfeld
Cast: Ariane Labed, Makram Khoury, Zohar Shtrauss, Marina Tsigonaki, Vangelis Mourikis

About the Directors:
Guy Nattiv is an accomplished television commercial director from Tel Aviv, Israel. He co-directed his first feature film, Strangers (2008), with his Magic Men co-director, Erez Tadmor, based on their award-winning short film of the same name. He is currently developing his first US feature, SKIN, and numerous American TV projects.
Erez Tadmor is also from Tel Aviv, Israel. As well as working with Guy Nattiv, he co-directed the film A Matter of Size (2009) with Magic Men co-writer Sharon Maymon.

Greek Synopsis:
Ο Αβραάμ, που επέζησε του Ελληνικού ολοκαυτώματος,  ξεκινά με το γιό του ένα ταξίδι, από το Ισραήλ προς την Ελλάδα για να ανακαλύψει τον άνθρωπο, έναν ταχυδακτυλουργό,  που έσωσε τη ζωή του πατέρα του κατά το Β’ Παγκόσμιο πόλεμο.