Magazine article Screen International

Shira Geffen, Self Made

Magazine article Screen International

Shira Geffen, Self Made

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Shira Geffen talks about how humour plays apart in her surreal tale of female identity.

Shira Geffen's Self Made is witty, surreal take on female identity and existence in modern-day Israel and Palestine, but the director did not realise she had made a comedy until the critics guffawed with laughter during the Critics' Week screenings in Cannes earlier this year.

"I'd worked on it for years and just didn't feel the fun part," she says. "It's hard for me to watch it and be objective. So when I went to Cannes and showed it for the first time, I was very happy. The humour is built in; it's ironic, not jokes. The strongest way to say something is by making people laugh as people accept it that way."

Self Made is her second directorial outing following Camera d'Or winner Jellyfish, which she made with husband Etgar Keret in 2007.

It is a witty, fantastical tale about the flimsy grasp we have on our own identities. It tells the story of two women, one an Israeli artist, played by Jellyfish star Sarah Adler, the other a Palestinian factory worker, played by Samira Saraya, the rising star of an Arab TV series. …

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