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Michal Vinik – Valeria is getting married #Venezia79

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An Ukranian woman arrives to Israel to get married with a man she has never seen before.

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PODCAST | David Martos interviews Michal Vinik, director of the film Valeria is getting married.

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Michal Vinik, director of Valeria is getting married – selected by Orizzonti Extra in the 79th edition of Venice Film Festival- talks to FRED about the struggle of female directors trying to finance their new productions. She also talks about the idea of telling the story of Valeria, a woman born in Ukraine that travels to Israel in order to wed a man she had never met before.

Valeria is getting married: Christina is a Ukrainian woman who moved to Israel through a ‘bride-to-order’ kind of deal. Compared to her life back in Ukraine, life in Israel is great for Christina. She works in a beauty salon, earns her own money, and loves Israel. Her Israeli husband Michael is also satisfied with this marriage. He is happy that he found a woman who can live with him. In fact, he is so satisfied that he starts his own little business scouting for Ukrainian brides for other Israeli men. Michael’s recent matchmaking is a special one—the bride’s name is Valeria, and she’s Christina’s younger sister. Michael went out of his way and found the best man he could get for her. His name is Eitan, and while he may not be the most handsome guy in the country, he is a good-hearted, generous man. However, Valeria is different to her older sister. And the whole delicate balance is at risk.

  • Reporter
    David Martos
  • Guest
    Michal Vinik
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Valeria is getting married
  • Festival section
    Orizzonti Extra
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