JERUSALEM(S), BORDERLINE SYNDROME
1994 / 64 minutes / Hebrew and Arabic, English subtitles
This iconoclastic film, midway between fiction and documentary, explores the "over-sacred" side of Jerusalem. A political gamble for its inhabitants, a myth for its visitors, Jerusalem remains a universal object of desire that borders on fetishism. The film takes its inspiration from the Jerusalem Syndrome, a psychiatric syndrome, officially recognised in the 19th century, and from which the pilgrims and tourists that visited the Holy City suffered. A camera visits Jerusalem looking for a new approach to show the city. In parallel a young boy wanders the streets and discovers one night a prostitute with golden breasts. The boy, as does the camera, becomes a victim of a violently feminine Jerusalem.
Author-Director: Eyal Sivan
Image: Nurith Aviv
Sound: Rémy Attal
Editing: Sylvie Pontoizeau