Talya Lavie (born 1978) is an Israeli filmmaker best known for her 2014 debut feature, Zero Motivation.

Talya Lavie at the 2014 Odessa International Film Festival

Early lifeEdit

Lavie attended the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design as well as the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem.[1] While attending the schools she produced three shorts which were screened at numerous international film festivals, and won prizes at Locarno International Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival.


In 2006 she created a 19-minute short called The Substitute which played at the Tribeca Film Festival about a young woman working for the IDF. This short was later developed into a feature-length film, Zero Motivation.

In 2010 she participated in the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program Screenwriters' Lab, and in 2011 she participated in the Sundance Institute prestigious Directors' Lab.[2]

Lavie was inspired to write Zero Motivation based on her own experience serving in the Israel Defense Forces. The film premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival where it won Best Narrative Feature in the World Narrative Competition. It was given a limited release in the U.S. in December, 2014 by Zeitgeist Films. The film was nominated for 12 Ophir Awards and went on to win 6 of them, including two for Lavie herself for Best Director and Best Screenplay.[3]

Her second feature film Honeymood, a bride and groom romantic comedy starring Ran Danker and Avigail Harari, competed at the San Diego International Film Festival in October 2020.[4] WestEnd Films has obtained worldwide distribution rights.[5]

In 2021 she directed and co-created the TV series Sad City Girls, which premiered in the Canneseries festival.[6]

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ Kamin, Debra. "Israeli Filmmaker Talya Lavie Commands Attention With Femme-Centered Military Movie". Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Sundance Institute Announces 14 Projects for 2011 June Directors and Screenwriters Labs – sundance.org". Retrieved 2022-05-02.
  3. ^ Brown, Hannah. "Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem wins top prize at 'Israeli Oscars'". Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  4. ^ "The Re-Imagined 2020 San Diego International Film Festival Announces Festival to Feature Virtual Village & Drive-In Movies! | San Diego International Film Festival". 2020-09-23. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  5. ^ WestEnd takes worldwide rights to Talya Lavie’s ‘Honeymood’ (exclusive) Screendaily. 20 February 2020
  6. ^ "SAD CITY GIRLS". canneseries.com (in French). Retrieved 2022-05-02.

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