In 1921, six dead bodies were found near the so-called “Red House” which stood in an isolated spot in the orchards on the outskirts of Tel Aviv and Jaffa. One was the body of Y.H. Brenner, a brilliant author, a sharp critic of his generation, a man of ambiguous sexuality and the compelling voice of a raging prophet. An official report, written shortly after the event but immediately sealed, was discovered only recently. It is featured in this film, along with animated sequences by David Polonsky (“Waltz with Bashir”), conversations with Brenner scholars, rare period stills, and selections from his works.
Director, Production Company, Script & Research: Yair Qedar. Editor: Ayala Bengad. Animation: David Polonski, Roi Nitzan. Cinematography: Yaniv Linton, Idan Glickzelig. Design: Jewboy. Soundtrack: Aviv Aldema. Music: Avi Baleli. Supporters: Channel 1, Makor Foundation, the Israel Film Service, the Avi Chai Foundation. Official selection, Docaviv film festival 2015. ISRAEL 2015, 56 minutes. Hebrew. Subtitles: Hebrew, English.
A film that evokes, expands and deepens emotion, Gideon Gannani / Beautiful, Beit Avi Chai / An exciting meeting with Brenner. The mysterious. The passionate. The prophet of the heart, Sigalit Banai / A masterpiece of literary genius, Ayelet Tzuri / Excellent film, Helit Yeshurun
I am gone but what I’ve portrayed and depicted lives on. Whoever my soul is reborn in will be reminded. I am gone but that soul’s alphabet remains. There lies the secret. It is the secret of all the different forces, different directions, different impulses in me, the secret of my inner conflict. and of the secret of secrets – the secret of all secrets – which is endless, boundless. Now comes the supreme moment: the infinite moment. the infinite light. Silence, silence. True peace does not speak.