Filmmaker Eran Merav Learns Important Lesson About Dogs


Before he directed the feature film Zion and His Brother, one of the more buzzed-about films at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Israeli director Eran Merav made waves with the beautiful and sad 2002 short film Underdog, which played and won awards at numerous film festivals, including Berlin. A sharply observed and unbearably tense coming-of-age story, it opens with Nati, a young ice-cream seller, getting duped into an unbelievable act of cruelty by some of his yahoo friends. Later, when he meets and falls for a girl, he begins to realize not only that actions have consequences, but that there are more similarities between man and beast than he may have initially realized.

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