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Dad's Age

At the age of 80, the actor and holocaust survivor Shmuel Wolf loses his ability to stand on stage. Also his marriage to Miki, who is 20 years younger than him, is going through a transformation forcing them to redefine their roles. Directed by their daughter, Roni Wolf, who was born when her father was 52, the film chronicles Shmuel’s journey as an artist, husband and father, and the age gaps in the family, which have became so tangible. A personal and profound film dealing with old age, parenthood, love and art.

  • Roni Wolf
    Director
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  • Roni Wolf
    Writer
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  • Ithan Mor
    Writer
  • Roni Wolf
    Producer
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  • Ithan Mor
    Editor
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    אבא בגיל של סבא
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Student
  • Runtime:
    50 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Israel
  • Country of Filming:
    Israel
  • Language:
    Hebrew
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • EPOS – International Art Film Festival
    Tel Aviv
    Israel
    April 8, 2017
    Israeli Premier
    Competition Special Mention Israeli Films
Distribution Information
  • Roni Wolf
    Country: Israel
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Roni Wolf

Filmmaker and Journalist Born in 1984 in Tel Aviv. Family, Art and Politics are central themes in her work. after graduating from one of the finest high schools of arts in the country, majoring in drama, Roni pursued her B.A. in Islam and Middle Eastern Studies from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. During her studies she received a scholarship to NYU, to study history, literature and photography. Roni also participated in an international film seminar by One Race Global Film Foundation in the Dominican Republic, first as a student and 3 years later as a teacher assistant. Immediately after graduating her BA she started her MFA in film in Tel Aviv University. Roni works as a journalist for the leading financial daily newspaper TheMarker and has worked in several media outlets before. Dad's Age is both her graduation project and her first feature film.

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Director Statement

The human unconscious works unceasingly to tell artists they are immortal. that's what my father thought having me and my twin sister two months before he turned 52. He married my mother, who is 20 years younger than him, in his late 40’s and a few years later my twin sister and I were born. People are always surprise to hear we’re his first offsprings. when they ask why, I tell them what he always told me: “I never thought of having kids until I met your mother”. He was busy, broke and uncertain after starting his acting career in his late 30’s. Even though he was always healthy as a horse, I used to be mad at him for being older than most fathers and the fear of losing him was an inseparable part of my life. The fear has become tangible around his 80th birthday, when I was 29. His health quickly started to deteriorate and after 50 years of acting in hundreds of films and plays in Israel and abroad, he was forced to leave the stage. Due to his condition, my mother has became his caregiver, and I didn’t know who to worry about more - my sick aging father or my mother, who started living for two. Curious about my parents unusual life choices and overwhelmed by father’s condition, I chronicles the last four years of my father’s life - from his last day on stage to becoming invalid. “Dad’s Age” is a personal, profound and touching film dealing with old age, parenthood, love and art.