Goldman has Mossad men
EmptyGuy Nattiv and Erez Tadmor are pulling back the curtain on a piece of Mossad history, writing an untitled project centering on the Israeli intelligence agency for "La Vie en Rose" producer Alain Goldman. The duo also might direct.
The film will follow the true story of the investigation into the disappearance of a 9-year-old boy from the streets of Jerusalem in the early 1960s. The case, known as the Yossele Case, took on major importance in Israel — still in its nascent stages as a country — which was making its mission to be seen as a country that would provide safe haven for Jews throughout the world. The police proved ineffectual, and the prime minister called on the Mossad to step in.
Goldman is hoping to move fast on the project, with a spring shoot being eyed.
"It's a Mossad story and will be entertaining, but it asks the very deep question: Is Israel a state that can't protect its children?" said Goldman, principal of Legende. "It's the opposite of 'Munich': It's the rare occasion that Mossad is called for something that does not involve killing."
He added: "I like directors who have something to say, and these guys are saying something deep. And this is the kind of movie I am moved by and as a producer want to put my money in."
Nattiv and Tadmor, repped by Principato Young, wrote and directed "Strangers," an Israeli film that played the festival circuit, garnering a nomination for a Grand Jury Prize in Sundance's world cinema category. (partialdiff)