Interview complète de Tal Greenberg

Interview realized for the movie KAPUNKA, in competition this year.

  • Could you make a short synopsis of the film KAPUNKA?


For the coming year when Shmulik must let his land lie fallow, he decides to disregard the Rabbinate law and sells his land to Changrong, his most senior Thai worker.

Certain that he has made the greatest play of his life, Shmulik awakens the following day only to discover his once calm reality shattered. Shocked, he will do anything to return it to the way it was.

A shorter Synopsis-

In order to get around a requirement for Jews to leave their fields fallow once every 7 years,

Shmulik ‘sells’ his land to his Thai laborer leading to unexpected consequences.

  • Why did you choose to make a movie about this subject in particular?

Few years ago I heard a sentence that says if you love something because you own it and not because what it is- it’s not a real love.

When « Gesher foundation » in Israel asked filmmakers to suggest films about fallow year, what we call in Israel « shnat shmita », that sentence jumped back to my head and I was wondering to myself how far will a man go and fight while defending what’s his, and why.

In addition I was challenged by dealing with a historical subject taking place in a modern life.

The one thing that was clear to me from the beginning was that I was sure I want to tell the story with a lot of humor.

  • What do you want to criticize in the film?

I think we usually forget every win we achieve contains a great loss, and this is one of the things we usually ignore while fighting our wars.

KAPUNKA is a satirical comedy about a man who’s trying to evade his ancient tradition but finds himself defending his grounds from an unexpected direction.

Every step Shmulik does makes the hole he’s in dipper, realizing that only compassion rather that tradition will get him out of his mess.

  • The plot takes support on the theme of the religions.
    However, you don’t really give any information about it to the viewers. Why did you make this choice? And why did you choose these religions in particular? 

Fallow year means that every seven years in the land of Israel Jewish farmers are obligated to let their land lie fallow for an entire year. during this year they can’t work or make a living from their own land.

I’m sure most of the people are not familiar with this biblical command; however, to my concern, this is not the main issue of the film.
I would like to think this film is more about human nature rather than its traditional meanings; therefore there was no point explaining the religious details and just let the characters tell the story.

Israel saw a lot of fighting over its small lands, mostly between Arabs and Jews. By choosing Buddhism (which is a bit surrealistic in Israel) I was trying to let the viewer watch the film without any prejudices and without relating it directly to the Arab-Jewish conflict.

  • How do you feel about being in the selection of the Festival? Do you have any expectation or hope?

Making a film takes a lot of effort, energy, time, team work and money.
I believe the reward for this is film festivals, not only because it’s a great experience, but mainly because it’s a great platform for the film to be shown in places it wouldn’t have been shown in otherwise.
I’m super excited from this festival; I just LOVE France, I’ve been in Paris many times but never in Grenoble. From what I heard it’s an amazing place with nice people and great scenery.
The thing that excites me the most is to screen the film to new audiences.