Magazine article Screen International

Transfax Unveils Footage from Madame Yankelova

Magazine article Screen International

Transfax Unveils Footage from Madame Yankelova

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Short extract from the film will be shown at Jerusalem Film Festival's Pitch Point.

Tel Aviv-based Transfax is set to unveil extracts today from Guilhad Emilio Schenker's Madame Yankelova's Fine Literature Club, about a women's reading club with a secret feminist and cannibalistic agenda.

The picture is Schenker's debut feature after his award-winning short Lavan, which toured some 70 festivals.

"I'm curious to see the response. It's very different from what people normally expect of Israeli cinema, it's very stylised," said Transfax founding chief Marek Rozenbaum, adding that the décor and costumes had a period 1950s and 1960s feel although it was not set in a specific time.

A 10 to 20-minute subtitled extract will be shown in a industry work-in-progress session at Israeli feature-focused Pitch Point today at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

Adapted from Shmuel Yosef Agnon's novella The Mistress and the Peddler, the film revolves around a women's literary club, which is a front for a weekly competition revolving around who can lure the most attractive man to the event, who is then executed and eaten. …

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