Marrying an Ice Cream Factory

Marrying an Ice Cream Factory

Velvel, Ranni’s father, was a poor orphan, who married Raya Strauss and began working in the family owned factory (which started as a small dairy farm and became one of the biggest food conglomerates in Israel). They divorced when Ranni was 10, and for him, his father remained this strict meticulous withdrawn man who tore the family apart. 8mm reels, discovered after his death arouse questiones that lead Ranni to embark on a personal journey between his parents’ very different worlds in an attempt to better understand his father and the complexities of family loyalty, trying to overcome years of alienation. Looking at his family from behind the camera, he is reshaping his memories.


“ This is the stuff cinema is made of... A bourgeois fairytale… A film that gets stuck in one’s throat like suffocating tears. ” Doron Brosh, Ma'ariv

“ Elegant and enchanting from the very start... Touching, sharp, and exceptionally captivating… Succeeds, quite wondrously, not to avoid all the hard questions raised by representing one of Israel's richest families... ” Eli Morano's Television and Film Blog

“ Presents an intriguing point of view on family relations… Wonderfully executed. ” Shira Margalit, Saloona

“ Everyone in Midyan's film speaks with such rare and touching openness...” Yuval Abromovich, Israel Today

“ A lovely film.” Yael Dan, Galaz Radio

“ An intelligent film that moves you to tears.” Avner Bernheimer, Screenwriter


DocAviv: Tel Aviv April 2015
Ferfilm: Kosovo September 2015
Premio Marcellino de Baggis: Taranto Italy October 2015
Israel-America FF: Los-Angles October 2015
DocAviv Galilee: October 2015

About the Film

Israel, 2015
72 minutes
Hebrew, English Subtitles

Director & Script: Ranni Midyan
Production: Erez Laufer
Production Company: Erez Laufer Films
Editing: Yaron Livnay
Cinematography: Ranni Midyan, Zeev (velvel) Midyan
Soundtrack: Erez Eyni Shavit
Music: Dan Bilu



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