When a young, idealistic Israeli military investigator confronts an elite soldier with accusations of unnecessary violence against a Palestinian man in the Occupied Territories, her integrity and determination are put to the test as the case proves less black and white than it originally seemed. Taking a stand against a perceived abuse of power in spite of her colleagues' advice to back off because of the political complexities of the case, her increasingly zealous quest for justice ends up having far-reaching consequences for everyone involved.
The titular interrogation room—where the majority of the film is set—stands in for a microcosm of contemporary Israel, with the limited setting also serving to highlight the superb dramatic turns by lead actors Asia Neifeld, Guy Kapulnik, and Udi Persi. Inspired by real events, director Sharon Bar-Ziv's debut feature is a gritty minimalist drama that provides a raw, direct look at the psyche of a generation of young Israelis shaped by the effects of the ongoing conflict.
Length: 90 minutes
Language: Hebrew, Russian
Premiere: North American
Director: Sharon Bar-Ziv
Screenwriter: Sharon Bar-Ziv
Producer: Sharon Bar-Ziv, Michal Rubin, Bibi Arbel Rekhess
Editor: Shira Arad
Director of Photography: Edan Sasson
Production Designer: Tamara Gleser Shafran
Sound Design: Michael Goorevich
Colorist: Ido Karilla
Gaffer: Tamir Lempert
Primary Cast: Asia Neifeld, Guy Kapulnik, Ohad Hall, Udi Persi, Rafi Kalmar
Sharon Bar-Ziv was born in Tel Aviv and studied cinema at Tel Aviv University. He acted in film and television in the '90s and later worked as a screenwriter and copywriter. Room 514, produced with the aid of the Israeli Film Fund, is his first feature film.