Something I have wondered about many times is why, exactly, we don't see more genre film coming out of Israel. The nation produces a decent number of films every year and given its history you'd expect a certain amount of apocalyptic imagery to come seeping through, just as is the case with Japanese film. But strangely it doesn't happen much.
Enter Dan Sachar, a young writer-director who has just completed his sophomore film school project, a post-apocalyptic short titled When It Will Be Silent. Shot in the demilitarized zone between Israel and Jordan the film captures, in Sachar's words, "the last day of a love tale in a morbid post apocalyptic world." Having just had the chance to see the full short, it's hard not to see parallels to Tarkovsky's Stalker in the way that Sachar uses an actual, blasted setting for his film and it's also hard not to imagine that this is just a small part of a much larger story. No matter how you look at it, however, it's fantastic.
I can't share the full short but I do have a brief teaser below the break and a pair of behind the scenes stills at the link below.