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

Talya Lavie at the 5th Odessa International Film Festival, 2014

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 played at numerous international film festivals and won prizes at Locarno International Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival.


Lavie was inspired to write Zero Motivation based on her own experience serving in the Israel Defense Forces. 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. 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.[2]

Her next film Honeymood - a bride and groom romantic comedy starring Ran Danker and Avigail Harari - will compete at the San Diego International Film Festival in October 2020.[3] WestEnd Films has obtained worldwide distribution rights.[4]

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ Kamin, Debra. "Israeli Filmmaker Talya Lavie Commands Attention With Femme-Centered Military Movie". Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  2. ^ Brown, Hannah. "Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem wins top prize at 'Israeli Oscars'". Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ WestEnd takes worldwide rights to Talya Lavie’s ‘Honeymood’ (exclusive) Screendaily. 20 February 2020

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