Ish HaHashmal

Israel, 2002, 90 minutes
English and Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Eli Cohen

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Public Exhibition Formats: 35mm, Beta, DVD

“Menasha Noy's Rutenberg is a brilliant, formal, self absorbed man who had the ability to compel the most recalcitrant worker to follow his lead.”
- Los Angeles Times


Best Art Direction, Israeli Film Academy (2001)

Selected Screenings

Vancouver Jewish Film Festival
Washington DC Jewish Film Festival


Pinchas (Peter) Rutenberg was a fascinating personality in the first part of the 20th Century. His mysterious past in Russia and England and his conflicting characteristics set the tone for this film. The story focuses on one stormy weekend in February 1931. A flood ruins the preparations for the opening of the new power station in Nahararyim, Rutenberg’s last venture. Rutenberg embarks on a journey to the power station and recollects the days he surveyed the waters of the Jordan River with his brother.

When he arrives at the damaged power station he is shocked by the damage and begins to question his own power to stand against all odds. Despite the devastation and losses, Rutenberg manages to see beyond himself and finds new strength to carry on.

Rutenberg is the story of a man who was a true pioneer – larger than life, obsessive, conflicted. He was also a man who had to come to terms with the complicated politics of a new country, his loved ones and his rivals.

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