Tali Shalom Ezer

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Shalom-Ezer in 2006

Tali Shalom-Ezer (Hebrew: טלי שלום עזר; born 1978) is an Israeli filmmaker, screenwriter, and director. She is best known for her debut feature, Princess (2014)[1] which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival as part of the World Dramatic Competition.[2]

Early life and education


Shalom-Ezer was born and raised in Kfar Saba, Israel, to an immigrant mother of Ashkenazi Jewish (Romania) descent, and to an immigrant father of Iraqi Jewish descent. During her school years, Shalom-Ezer became involved in a local theatre group. During her military service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Shalom-Ezer trained and worked as an IDF Psychological Evaluator, performing psychometric tests on young Israelis preparing for enlistment.

Shalom-Ezer's ongoing interest in psychology was greatly influenced by her mother, who worked as a psychiatric nurse, focusing on the use of Psychodrama with her patients. All of her films have a psychological dimension to them, and Shalom-Ezer sees there to be a strong connection between Cinema and Psychology.

Shalom-Ezer undertook some initial training in acting at Beit Zvi School of Performing Arts, though soon decided to shift her focus to Directing. She continued her studies at Tel Aviv University, first in Theatre Studies (Directing), and then in Cinema through the Film and Television Department. During her time as a student, she won a 3-year scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for her studies in Cinema.



Before her work as a film director, Shalom-Ezer worked as a theatre director's assistant and as a casting director's assistant. She also spent time working as a production manager and as producer for fringe theatre productions and for theatre festivals.

Shalom-Ezer has been a judge of the Official Competition at the Jerusalem Film Festival, for the International Student Film Festival,[3] Tel Aviv, and has worked as a lector for several of the major Israeli film festivals and Israeli film funds. Shalom-Ezer currently teaches in the Film and Television Department at Tel Aviv University focusing on working with actors. She lives with her partner Libby Tishler in Tel Aviv.[4]



Awards and nominations

  • Best Feature, Jerusalem Film Festival, 2014 – PRINCESS
  • Highlight Pitch Award, Berlinale Talent Project Market, 2009
  • Adam Flynt Script Competition – PRINCESS
  • Best Feature, International Women's Film Festival In Rehovot, 2009 – Surrogate
  • Special Mention at FEMINA International Festival for Women's Films – Surrogate
  • 2nd Prize for Best Student Documentary, Docaviv, 2005 – Summer at Abarbanel
  • America-Israel Culture Foundation Grant, 2005, 2006, 2007

See also



  1. ^ Pablo Utin, "FIPRESCI - Festival Reports - Jerusalem 2014 - Where do the Children Play". Archived from the original on 2015-01-05. Retrieved 2015-01-05., Where Do the Children Play], FIPRESCI: The International Federation of Film Critics, 11/8/14
  2. ^ "princess". www.sundance.org.
  3. ^ Sarah Cooper, [1], Tali Shalom-Ezer, Princess, 17/7/14,
  4. ^ "טלי שלום עזר | אוניברסיטת ת"א". www.tau.ac.il. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  5. ^ Jerusalem International Film Festival
  6. ^ Krieger, Deborah (September 15, 2017). "Israeli Director Tali Shalom Ezer's Lesbian Romance, My Days of Mercy, Screens At TIFF". The Forward. New York City. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  7. ^ i24News, Author (22 August 2016). "Israeli Director to Helm Lesbian Drama - AWiderBridge". A Wider Bridge. Retrieved 2019-11-03. {{cite news}}: |first= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ "TIFF 2017 Women Directors: Meet Tali Shalom-Ezer — "My Days of Mercy"". womenandhollywood.com. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  9. ^ Krieger, Deborah (15 September 2017). "Israeli Director Tali Shalom Ezer's Lesbian Romance, 'My Days of Mercy,' Screens At TIFF". The Forward. Retrieved 2019-11-03.