Nir Bergman’s journey to bring ‘Yona’ to the screen

There may be no less poetic place in Israel than the food court at Cinema City in Ramat Hasharon on a weekday morning, but that is where Nir Bergman, the director of the movie, Yona, a biopic of Israeli poet Yona Wallach, suggested we meet for an interview.

The movie complex features editing rooms, and Bergman was at work on a “making of” short film about Yona. Sitting in the cavernous space, Bergman, an intense, soft-spoken man, explained what had drawn him to make a movie about this iconic, tormented literary figure, who died at the age of 41 in 1985.


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