Mark Rosenblatt’s Oscar Contender GANEF shares a simple but powerful plot, in which the power of a child’s imagination can lead to severe consequences

“Ganef”, directed by Mark Rosenblatt, tells a subtle and yet important story: After hearing her mom’s past during the holocaust, a little girl starts to suspect her friend, the housekeeper is stealing from her family.

The audience quickly realizes the trauma that the mother of the main character has been through, but it focuses on what it does for the children. When trauma and fear is transgenerational, and unjustifiable. The little girl is spooked after hearing the mom’s testimony, and she will start believing in things that are not what they look, sacrificing the strong friendship she had with her housekeeper.

A simple but powerful plot, in which the power of a child’s imagination can lead to severe consequences. Should we plant fear and suspicions on the youngsters, to protect them from bad experiences we might have been through? 

A simple but powerful plot, in which the power of a child’s imagination can lead to severe consequences. Should we plant fear and suspicions on the youngsters, to protect them from bad experiences we might have been through? 

Several relevant points are raised in this strong drama. The film is delicate when dealing with the original concept of innocent but unfair judgment from a child’s perspective. The short-film is technically stunning, from the neutral color palette, cinematography’s bloom, to the amazing production design, it is the strong concept that will create a dialogue in the audience.

The short-film is technically stunning, from the neutral color palette, cinematography’s bloom, to the amazing production design, it is the strong concept that will create a dialogue in the audience.

Fear and suspicion have a natural root here, and some characters can’t bury the unforgettable feelings, but how much show they avoid to pass them to future generations?

J Ibel, Just Celebrity Magazine Film Reporter

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