Cannes: Zeitgeist Films Takes U.S. Rights on Israeli Comedy 'Zero Motivation'

"Zero Motivation"

The dark comedy from first-timer Talya Lavie looks at the everyday life for a unit of young, female soldiers.

Zeitgeist Films has picked up U.S. rights for the dark Israeli comedy Zero Motivation from German sales group The Match Factory.

The feature, from first-time director Talya Lavie, is billed as a modern-day M.A.S.H. Set at a remote army base in the Israeli desert, it follows the everyday life and monotonous routine of a unit of young, female Israeli soldiers.

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Zero Motivation premiered at Tribeca, where it won the founders award for best narrative feature and the Nora Ephron prize honoring a female writer or filmmaker "with a distinctive voice.”

Zeitgeist's last major acquisition from The Match Factory was Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic Hannah Arendt, starring Barbara Sukowa, which grossed some $717,000 at the U.S. box office.

Zero Motivation was produced by Eilon Ratzkovsky of July August Productions and France’s Haut Et Court. The Match Factory is handling world sales and is screening the title for buyers in Cannes.