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You only die twice

"You Only Die Twice" is a compelling documentary detective thriller, full of vicissitudes and surprises that corresponds accordingly to rules of the genre in its dynamic cinematic approach.
Yair Lev the Israeli documentarist turns to a detective and sets on a personal and historical journey to uncover the true identity of the man who stole his grandfather's identity during WW2 and with this exploit that anonymous became the president of the Jewish community in Innsbruck, Austria. Who was this man who took another man's identity? Why and how did he do it? What dark past did he want to conceal? Was he a Nazi? A Kapo?
The film is a sojourn into the 20th century heart of darkness which eventually reveals a drama of survival, collaboration with the enemy and finally, at the end of the night, an extraordinary love story.
With the help of documents found in archives, letters and family photos revealed suddenly in drawers, objects that time had forgotten the filmmaker leads this hectic search to unique locations and remarkable people from the two sides of the historical fence with which the enigma is finally solved.

  • Yair Lev
    "The Longings of Maya Gordon" (2017); "Hugo 2" (2008); "Uri Avnery: Warrior for Peace" (2002); "Yakantalisa" (1996): "Hugo" (1989)6)
  • Yair Lev
  • David Deri
  • David Deri
  • Markus Glaser
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Ata Met Rak Pa'amayim
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 28 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 3, 2018
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    Austria, Croatia, Israel
  • Language:
    English, German, Hebrew
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  • DocAviv
    Tel Aviv
    May 20, 2018
    Israeli Premier
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Director Biography - Yair Lev

Prof. Yair Lev, director and film lecturer made so far five feature-documentaries; "The Longings of Maya Gordon" (2017) a portrait of a non-conformist woman artist; "Hugo 2" (2002) a sequel to his debut film about his Holocaust survivor father; “Uri Avnery: Warrior for Peace” (2002) a portrait of the famous Israeli peace activist , which won the "In the Spirit of Freedom" award for best documentary at the 2002 Jerusalem Film Festival and soon afterwards was released in theatres all over Germany; “Yakantalisa – a Portrait of a Dead Poet” (1996) a portrait of the poet Hezy Leskly ; “Hugo” (1989) which was an official selection at the Berlin, Chicago and Montreal Film Festivals.

In 1996 Lev received the prestigious Ministry of Culture's Art of Cinema Award.
He also directed several TV programs (reportages, History of Israeli art series and others), short films and educational films.

Yair Lev teaches filmmaking and theory of cinema at the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film and Television School and is a professor in the Screen Based Arts department at Bezalel Academy for Art and Design Jerusalem.

Since 2008 he is the Head of Studies of "Greenhouse", a highly successful development program for emerging Mediterranean young filmmakers. One of the most successful films developed in the program is "Five Broken Cameras" which won numerous international awards and was nominated for the American Academy Award..

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