Benny’s hair is as red as the fur of her devout father’s treasured calf – which he believes will bring salvation. But the 17-year-old feels as lonely and trapped as the calf in its enclosure. Benny’s mother died giving birth to her, and she grew up alone with her caring yet patriarchal father. He is a figure of authority and a mentor for many people in their Jerusalem religious community. Benny becomes increasingly critical of her father’s religious, utopian nationalism and then there’s Yael, the self-confident young woman who has set off a whirlwind of longing and emotions in her.
Avigail Kovari (Redemption) powerfully portrays the defiance and desire of a young woman in Tsivia Barkai Yacov’s debut feature film.
"A sensitive and assured first feature." - Screen Daily
“If you want to see the work of a young lady who is going to explode on the international film scene very shortly, see Avigail Kovari in RED COW." - Unseen Films
"Exceptional... Spotlights a fascinating facet of society with a rich and involving portrait of an atypical father-daughter relationship." - Movies with Abe
Winner of 2 Awards (Best Feature + Best Actress (Avigayil Kovary) | Jerusalem Film Festival 2018
Nominated for 4 Ophir Awards (Israel's Academy Awards)
Directed by Tsivia Barkai Yacov
Hebrew (with English subtitles)