Teenager Lana has had enough of Kiryat Yam, the small northern town where she lives with her mum. She dreams of moving to Tel Aviv but doesn’t have the money to do so. She dreads another long summer in which nothing happens; but the arrival of her young cousin who believes in mermaids and an encounter with a soul-searching poet from Tel Aviv opens her eyes to the magic of the place, and her life. Virgins is a whimsical and stylish debut from Israeli filmmaker Keren Ben Rafael.
Winner – Fipresci Prize Israeli First Film, Jerusalem Film Festival
Nominated – Best International Narrative, Tribeca Film Festival
“A film that is tender, full of ideas and not without humour.” Cineuropa
“A vibrant coming of age story” Screen Daily
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