Video Services Corp
A Matter of Size
Directed by Erez Tadmor & Sharon Maymon
Country: Israel | France | Germany
Language: Hebrew | Japanese
Cast: Itzik Cohen, Dvir Benedek, Alon Daham, Shmulik Cohen, Irit Kaplan, Togo Igawa, Levana Finkelstein, Evelin Hagoel
RT: 90 min
Opens March 25 in Toronto – Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Cinemas
Opens March 25 in Montreal – Cineplex Odeon Cavendish Theatre
“With visual and verbal humor hitting the mark…” Alissa Simon, Variety
“…in a weight class of its own…” Jordana Horn, The Jewish Daily Forward
In the Israeli city of Ramle, Herzl loses his job as a cook and starts working as a dishwasher in a Japanese restaurant. He and his overweight friends are fed up of dieting and the dieting club they belong to. While watching TV on the job, Herzl discovers the world of Sumo wrestling, a world where large people are honoured and appreciated.
Through Kitano, the restaurant owner and a former Sumo coach from Japan (who is supposedly hiding from the Yakuza in Israel) Herzl falls in love with the sport. He rounds up his beasty friends, and asks a reluctant Kitano to be their coach. But it’s not that easy with the ex-coach, he tells them they first have to earn their spurs.
A Matter Of Size is a comedy about self-acceptance and how a group of overweight friends leave the dictatorship of dieting behind and, through forming a Sumo club, begin to accept and connect with their overweight bodies.
The film opened the 18th annual Toronto Jewish Film Festival in May 2010.
This is a first dramatic feature for the directors, who both graduated from the Camera Obscura College in Tel Aviv. A Matter of Size has travelled the festival circuit and has won numerous awards.
Israeli Oscars (Ophir Awards) 2010 Winner Best Actress, Best Costume Design and Best Supporting Actress
Alpe d’Huez Int’l Comedy Film Festival 2010 Winner Grand Prix and Special Jury Award
Karlovy Vary Int’l Film Festival – 2009 Winner Audience Award
Sarlat Int’l Cinema Festival – 2009 Winner Prix Aquitaine – Feature Film and winner Prix Decouverte – Erez Tadmor Sharon Maymon
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival – 2009 Winner Audience Award
Washington Jewish Film Festival – 2009 Winner Audience Award
Traverse City Film Festival – 2009 Firefighter’s Jury Prize – Winner Best Comedy Film
Brooklyn Israel Film Festival – 2010 Winner Audience Award
Detroit Jewish Film Festival – 2010 Winner Audience Award
Seattle Jewish Film Festival – 2010 Winner Audience Award
About Video Services Corp.
Video Services Corp. will distribute the film across Canada in a number of markets. The DVD will follow later in 2011. Founded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. is a leading independent film distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. Recent VSC releases include Alex Gibney’s Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, Holy Rollers starring Jesse Eisenberg and TIFF selection The Matchmaker.