[from her website]

               

 NURITH AVIV

Born: 11 March 1945, Tel Aviv, Palestine [now Israel]. Her father was a press ph from Berlin (came to Palestine in 1938), her mother was from Czechoslovakia (came to Palestine in 1939).

Education: IDHEC [1965-67], Paris.

Career: Started as still ph in Israel [1962-65]. Some photographs she took while in the Israeli Army were published in the magazine 'Paris Match'. The magazine invited her to come to Paris where she took up her film study. Went back to Israel and ph news and doc's for Israeli tv [1969-73]. Went back to France in 1973.

Teaches at the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School, Jerusalem, and at la Fémis, Paris.

Was member of the jury of the Schweizer Filmpreis, 2004.

Awards: Prix Edouard Glissant [2009].

Website: Nurith Aviv


'The collaboration between Ruth Beckermann and Nurith Aviv over three films shows how much the creative documentary genre depends on constant communication between spontaneous mise en scène and intuitive camerawork. This complicity allows a complex montage of image and language. Nurith Aviv manages to capture the dramatization within even the tiniest events and frames with such precision that the framing itself concentrates multi-layered meaning. Whether it be cutting down trees in the Romanian countryside evoking the period of early industrialization ['The Paper Bridge'] or the ritual of a young Egyptian bride putting the final touches on her dress as she gets ready for the photographer ['A Fleeting Passage to the Orient'], a social situation is expressed through figurative framing. In 'A Fleeting Passage to the Orient', Nurith Aviv perfects her art of the camera which bears a distant, yet nevertheless insistent point of view, expressed through framing but also changes of focal length, tracking shots or other camera movements. The form of this way of looking creates a truly fictional originality, an imaginary terrain favorable to the digressions of the narration evoking Egypt as a European projection.' [Christa Blümlinger, August 2000.]



 FILMS

1967

Roskos Time [Danielle Jaeggi & Ole Roos] ?; short/?m

1968

Les lycéens [E. Leube] ?; doc/?m

1968

Pano ne passera pas/Pano Will Not Be Shown/Les paves rouges de mai 68 [Danielle Jaeggi & Ole Roos] 16mm/b&w; cph: Walter Bal, Dominique Chapuis & Richard Copans

1969

Shablul/The Snail [Boaz Davidson] b&w; semi-doc/80m

1973

Erica Minor [Bertrand van Effenterre] b&w

1974

Histoire de Paul [René Féret] b&w-c

1974

Daguerréotypes [Agnès Varda] 16mm/c; doc/75m; cph: William Lubtchansky & Michel Thiriet

1975

Moi, Pierre Rivière, ayant égorgé ma mère, ma soeur et mon frère... [René Allio] 16mm/c

1976

Plaisir d'amour en Iran [Agnès Varda] c; short/6m; cph: Charlie Van Damme

1977

Femmes de pêcheurs [Datcha Marini] ?; doc/?m

1977

Femmes du pays Lobi [Datcha Marini] ?; doc/?m

1977

Femmes en ville [Datcha Marini] ?; doc/?m

1977

Io sono mia [Sofia Scandurra] c

1977

La fille de Prague avec un sac très lourd [Danielle Jaeggi] c

1978

Mais où et donc ornicar [Bertrand van Effenterre] c; cph: Jean-Louis Melun & Thierry Jault

1978

Een vrouw als Eva/A Woman Like Eve [Nouchka van Brakel] c

1978

Miras Haus [Dagmar Damek] c; cph: Robert Alazraki

1979

Les rondes [I. Schori] ?

1979

Libération [G. Palafox] ?

1980

Al hevel dak/The Thin Line/Ma mère [Michal Bat-Adam] c

1980

Murs murs [Agnès Varda] c; doc/80m

1980

Ma'agalim shel shi-shabbat/Circles [Idith Shehori] c; addph: Gadi Danzig

1980

Documenteur [: An Emotion Picture] [Agnès Varda] 16mm-35bu/c; short/58m; cph: Bob Carr & Affonso Beato

1981

Immigré italien en Allemagne [Hans-Jörg Weymüller] ?; doc/?m

1981

The French [- French Open] [William Klein] 16mm/c; doc/130m; cph: William Klein & Yann Le Masson

1982

Ben loke'ah bat/Boy Takes Girl/Young Love/Premiers amours [Michal Bat-Adam] c

1982

Anou Banou, oder die Töchter der Utopie/Anou Banou or the Daughters of Utopia [Edna Politi] 16mm/c; doc/85m

1982

Yoman sadeh/Journal de campagne/Field Diary [Amos Gitai] 16mm/c; doc/86m; addph: Emanuel Aldema & Ron Roten

1982

Ananas/Pineapple [Amos Gitai] 16mm/c; doc/76m

1983

China in Change [T. Meyer] ?; doc/?m

1983

Jean-Gina B. [Jean-Pol Ferbus] c

1983

El filandón [José María Martín Samiento] c

1983

La nuit où est né le roi [Yehuda 'Judd' Ne'eman] ?

1984

Atalia [Akiva Tevet] c; addph: Ofer Inov

1984

7p., cuis., s. de b., ...à saisir/Sept pièces, cuisine, salle de bain à saisir [Agnès Varda] c; short/27m

1986

Die papierene Brücke/The Paper Bridge [Ruth Beckermann] 16mm/b&w; doc/95m; cph: Claire Bailly du Bois

1986

Histoire d'un sort [Ilan Flammer] 16mm/c; doc/58m

1986

Völlerei - Völlerei? Füttern!/Von Adams Frust und Evas Brust/Gluttony [Helke Sander] 16mm/c; short/?m; ep #2 of omnibus film 'Seven Women, Seven Sins/Sieben Frauen - Sieben Todsünden'; other ph: Frank Prinzi, Ulrike Ottinger, Martin Schäfer, a.o.

1986

Aqabat-Jaber: Vie de passage/Aqabat-Jaber: Passing Through [Eyal Sivan] 16mm/c; doc/81m

1986

Retour à Oujda/Return to Oujda [Charlotte Szlovak] 16mm/c; doc/58m

1987

Brand New Day [Amos Gitai] c; mus doc/93m

1987

Les câbles du temps [Frédérique Gros] 16mm/c; doc/17m30s

1987

Les carmélites [I. Oppermann] ?; doc/?m

1987

Kumarada, Inde [E. Hoffmann] ?; doc/?m

1987

Claude Berri rencontre Léo Castelli [Claude Berri] ?; doc/?m

1987

Jane B. par Agnès V. [Agnès Varda] c; doc + dram seq/97m; cph: Pierre-Laurent Chénieux

1987

Body Body [Josef Aichholzer] c; doc/87m; cph: Anton Peschke & Hansueli Schenkel; filmed June 1987-February 1988

1988

Kfar Qar'a, Israel [Nurith Aviv] 16mm/c; doc/66m; + scrpl

1989

ברלין ירושלים/Berlin Yerushalaim/Berlin Jerusalem [Amos Gitai] c; cph (Israel ph); ph: Henri Alekan

1989

Naissance d'un Golem/Birth of a Golem/Creation of the Golem [Amos Gitai] c; docudrama/60m; cph: Henri Alekan & Laurent Truchot

1989

Roger Planchon [Dominique Gros] v/c; doc/50m

1989

Calligraphe/Calligraphist [Marie Storck] c; doc/26m

1989

7 femmes au Tibet - Sur les traces d'Alexandra David-Néel [Marie Jaoul de Poncheville & Franz-Christoph Giercke] 16mm/c; doc/52m

1990

Lung Ta: Les cavaliers du vent/LungTa: The Forgotten Tibet [Marie Jaoul de Poncheville] c; doc/86m

1990

Inventaire avant fermeture - Dernier été en RDA [Bernard Mangiante] c; doc/49m28s

1990

Toward Jerusalem/Nach Jerusalem [Ruth Beckermann] 16mm/c; doc/87m; cph: Claire Bailly du Bois

1990

Théâtre à l'étude [Dominique Gros] c; doc/52m; ('Le Barbier de Séville' de Beaumarchais m.e.s par Jean-Luc Boutté à la Comédie-Française)

1991

M.M. in Motion [Vivian Ostrovsky] s8-16bu/c; short/20m & 46m; cph: V. Ostrovsky; filmed 1988-91

1991

Wadi, 1981-1991/Wadi, Ten Years Later [Amos Gitai] 16mm/c; doc/97m; cph: Yossi Wein & Ya'ackov Saporta; sequel to 'Wadi' (1981/40m); prequel to 'Wadi, Grand Canyon'; see 2000

1991

Mériaux frères [Christian Deloeuil] 16mm/c; short/26m

1991

Promenades avec Julio Maruri [Sabine Mamou] 16mm/c; doc/13m

1991

Des-tours et chemins 'Hassina et Kamel' [Chantal Briet] 16mm/c; doc/14m

1991

Raisons d'état [Isabelle Benkemoun & Francis Allégret] 16mm/c; doc/52m

1991

Le jardin [Françoise Ferraton] b&w-c; short/32m; cph: Eric Marcheux

1992

La tribu européenne [Nurith Aviv & Marc Abélès] c; doc/76m

1992

Le dialogue dans le marécage [Dominique Gros] s16/c

1992

The Neo-Fascist Trilogy: I. In the Valley of the Wupper/Dans la vallée du Wupper [Amos Gitai] 16mm/c; doc/96m (VHS/60m); cph: Max Rheinländer

1992

Les terres blanches [Françoise Ferraton] b&w; short/9m

1993

The Neo-Fascist Trilogy: II. In the Name of the Duce [Amos Gitai] 16mm/c; doc/60m; cph: Max Rheinländer

1993

Les porteurs d'ombres électriques/Electric Shadows [Hervé & Renaud Cohen] 16mm/c; doc/26m

1993

The Neo-Fascist Trilogy: III. Queen Mary [Amos Gitai] 16mm/c; doc/90m; cph: Max Rheinländer

1994

Jerusalems: Le syndrome borderline [Eyal Sivan] 16mm/c; doc/64m

1994

L'empire des prix/Tati, l'affaire est dans le sac [Céline Migeon] BetaSP/c; doc/48m

1994

Aqabat-Jaber: Paix sans retour?/Aqabat-Jaber: Peace With No Return? [Eyal Sivan] 16mm/c; doc/61m

1995

Clando/Clandestine/Paroles d'étranger [Jean-Marie Téno] c

1995

Nervenkriege/Nerve [Stephan Krumbiegel & Peter Stastny] v/c; doc/44m & 63m

1995

Oskar and Jack [Frauke Sandig] 16mm-35bu/c; doc/61m

1995

Paris Was a Woman [Greta Schiller] 16mm/b&w-c; doc/75m; cph: Renato Tonelli, Fawn Yacker & (uncred) G. Schiller

1996

L'île des enfants [Dominique Gros] BetaSP/c; doc/55m

1996

Eine wie die andere - ein jüdisches Zwillingsleben/L'une comme l'autre [Susanne Glaeser] c; doc/57m

1997

A House in Jerusalem [Amos Gitai] c; doc/98m

1997

Ha-olimpiada harishonah shel imma/My Mom's First Olympics [Ran Carmeli] c; doc/53m; cph: R. Carmeli, Dan Geva & Yoav Gurfinkel

1997

Makom, Avoda/Un lieu, un travail/Work, Place [Nurith Aviv] BetaSP/c; doc/81m

1998

Ein flüchtiger Zug nach dem Orient/A Fleeting Passage to the Orient [Ruth Beckermann] s16-35bu/c; doc/82m; cph: Sophie Cadet, Sophie Maintigneux & Tamas Ujlaki

1998

Siman m'shamayim/A Sign from Heaven [Ariella Azoulay] c; doc/55m

1998

Zion - Auto-Emancipation [Amos Gitai] c; doc/110m

1999

Tezkar, un pacte de mémoire en Ethiopie/Tezkar - An Ethiopian Pledge to Remember [Makeda Ketcham] c; doc/54m

1999

Forget Baghdad [- Jews and Arabs: The Iraqi Connection]/New World Order [Samir] b&w-c; doc/112m; cph: Philippe Bellaiche

1999

Homemad(e) [Ruth Beckermann] DigiBeta-to-35mm/c; doc/85m; cph: R. Beckermann & Peter Roehsler

2000

Wadi, Grand Canyon [Amos Gitai] c; doc/86m; cph: Jorge Gurevitch; sequel to 'Wadi, 1981-1991'; see 1991

2001

Allenby Passage/Allenby, passage [Nurith Aviv] c; doc/5m; seg of part #5 (26m) of the 5-part 'Makom'-project created and prod by Amit Goren

2001

Ahava sh'ein letaara bemilim/A Love Beyond Words/Amour ineffable [Shiri Tsur] c; doc/56m

2002

Tehora/Purity [: Breaking the Codes of Silence] [Anat Zuriya] BetaSP/c; doc/63m; cph: Nili Azlan & Shiri Bar-On

2003

Misafa Lesafa/D'une langue à l'autre/From Language to Language [Nurith Aviv] DigiBeta/c; doc/55m; cph: Philippe Bellaiche; + scrpl; 1st part of trilogy (see 2007 & 2010)

2003

J'ai rêvé d'une grand étendue d'eau [Laurence Petit-Jouvet] DigiBeta/c; doc/51m

2003

La tresse de ma mère [Iris Sara Schiller] BetaSP/sepia; exp short/13m

2004

Ratziti lihiyot gibor/On the Objection Front [Shiri Tsur] dv/c; doc/63m; cph: Eitan Haris & David Zerif

2004

L'alphabet de Bruly Bouabré [Nurith Aviv] c; doc/17m

2004

Grains [Nurith Aviv] v/c; seg (4m) of the 'Hunger Project' prod by Amit Goren (139m/14 seg)

2005

Adventures in Listening - Kurt Masur [Amit Breuer] c; mus doc/56m; ph Brazil seq; other ph: Danae Elon & Nyika Jancsó; filmed 2005-07; released in 2008

2005

News from Home - News from House [Amos Gitai] c; doc/89m; cph: Haïm Asias

2005

Zorros Bar Mizwa/Zorro's Bar Mitzvah [Ruth Beckermann] dv-to-35mm/c; doc/90m; cph: Leena Koppe & André Wanne

2006

Michael Haneke chez Don Giovanni à Paris [Bernard Mangiante] doc is in post-production

2006

Mother/Mummy [Timna Rosenheimer] ?; doc/70m; cph: Daniel Miran & Eitan Harris

2007

Langue sacrée, langue parlée/Leshon kodesh, sfal chol/Sacred Language, Spoken Language [Nurith Aviv] b&w-c; doc/73m; cph: Itai Marom; + scrpl; 2nd part of trilogy (see 2003 & 2010)

2010

Traduire/Safa achat ve dvarim achadim/Translating [Nurith Aviv] c; doc/70m; cph: Sarah Blum & Itai Marom; + scrpl; 3rd part of trilogy (see 2003 & 2007)

2010

Plus d'une langue - Un plan séquence [Nurith Aviv] c; doc/28m; filmed 26 November (Naples)

2012

Annonces/Announcements [Nurith Aviv] c; doc/63m


 TELEVISION

1975

Anna & Edith [Grit Neuhaus] tvm

1979

Auf halbem Weg [Dagmar Damek] tvm

1980

Schlagzeile [Dagmar Damek] tvm

1985

Children of a Desired Sex [Mira Nair] doc/30m/16mm

1985

Die Frau mit den Karfunkelsteinen [Dagmar Damek] tvm

1986

Asilabilen engeler. Annemle bir sohbet/Conversation avec ma mère [Sema Poyraz] doc/?m/Betacam

1988

Pour un oui ou pour un non [Jacques Doillon] tvm/57m

1993

Galilée, au nom des pierres [Bernard Mangiante] doc/60m

2000

Circoncision/Circumcision [Nurith Aviv] doc/52m/BetaSP; cph: Philippe Bellaiche

2002

Vaters Land/Trauer/Perte/Loss [Nurith Aviv] doc/30m/DigiBeta; cph: Sophie Maintigneux & Markus Seitz

2003

Die Nacht/La nuit ['Hotel Touring' dir by Nurith Aviv] doc seg ep #21 of Arte-tv series

2004

Die Nacht/La nuit ['Oskar Pastior' dir by Nurith Aviv] seg ep #28 of Arte-tv series

2005

Die Nacht/La nuit ['Abzählreime' (seg ep #37), 'Der Schlafende' (seg ep #38), 'Die Neugeborenen' (seg ep #38), 'Porträts' (seg ep #39) & 'Ein Moment' (seg ep #42) dir by Nurith Aviv] Arte-tv series


 FILMS AS CAMERA OPERATOR

1976

L'une chante, l'autre pas/One Sings, the Other Doesn't [Agnès Varda] ph: Charlie Van Damme

1985

Esther/Esther Forever [Amos Gitai] ph: Henri Alekan


 FILMS & TELEVISION AS DIRECTOR

1988

Kfar Qar'a, Israel [+ scrpl/ph] see Films

1992

La tribu européenne [co-d; + ph] see Films

1997

Makom, Avoda/Un lieu, un travail/Work, Place [+ scrpl/ph] see Films

2000

Circoncision/Circumcision [+ cph] see Television

2001

Allenby Passage/Allenby, passage [+ ph] see Films

2002

Vaters Land/Trauer/Perte/Loss [+ cph] see Television

2003

Misafa Lesafa/D'une langue à l'autre/From Language to Language [+ scrpl/cph] 1st part of trilogy; see Films

2003

Hotel Touring [+ ph] see Television

2004

L'alphabet de Bruly Bouabré [+ ph] see Films

2004

Oskar Pastior [+ ph] see Television

2004

Grains [+ ph] see Films

2005

Die Nacht/La nuit [5 seg; + ph] see Television

2007

Langue sacrée, langue parlée/Leshon kodesh, sfal chol/Sacred Language, Spoken Language [+ scrpl/cph] 2nd part of trilogy; see Films

2010

Traduire/Safa achat ve dvarim achadim/Translating [+ scrpl/cph] 3rd part of trilogy; see Films

2010

Plus d'une langue - Un plan séquence [+ ph] see Films

2012

Annonces/Announcements [+ ph] see Films