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Israel's First Zombie Movie

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Cinephiles who happen to be both zombie movie fans and Israeli film buffs will be glad to know that the first Israeli zombie movie is set to be released this coming June.

According to AbbaNibi newswire, director Eitan Reuven has said that the end of post-production on “Another World” is finally in sight. Work started on the film in 2009, and it was shot in April and May of 2010.

“The reason why it takes so long for this movie to be released is that the post production and after effects process is very long and expensive,” Reuven told AbbaNibi. “We are talking about over 200 computerized shots. This is something that hasn’t been done in Israel until now.”

“Another World” (not to be confused with “Another Earth,” the 2011 science fiction-y American motion picture) stars Carl McCrystal, Zach Cohen, Susanne Gschwendtner, Davina Kevelson and David Lavenski.

As might be expected, the film has a post-apocalyptic plot in which a biological holocaust renders everyone a zombie, except for the five heroes. “The five lead characters in the movie weren’t infected with the disease, and are trying to survive the new reality while confronting certain moral issues from their pre-disease life,” AbbaNibi reported.

Proud to be the first to win the race to put out the first Israeli-made zombie movie, Reuven sung the genre’s praises. “The problem here in Israel is that most of the features that are made here are political, Israel’s wars, family drama,” the director was quoted as saying. “What we tried to make is a genre that was never done before — post apocalyptic and the zombie genre.”

Reuven’s and producer Shlomi Aviner’s jumping on the global zombie movie bandwagon might be a smart box office move. But they really shouldn’t hold out any hope for an Academy Award nomination for best foreign film.

Watch the trailer for ‘Another World’:


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