Best Screenplay, Erez Macharal – “Hold Me Tightly” (Israel)

Title: Hold Me Tightly
Runtime: 9 min
Country: Israel
Director: Ilya Tilkin
Placement: Award of Excellence + Best Screenplay (Erez Macharal)
Competition: March, 2024

Synopsis: Vera visits her husband Marik who suffers from advanced dementia at the assisted living facilities on their wedding anniversary – 50 years together. She grossly and audibly complains to those who are ready to listen about her ruined life with Marik. What if behind the irritation of a grossly swearing life-beaten old woman is hiding the tender and invincible feeling of love?