World Cinema


Year 2009
Runtime 87 mins
Language Hebrew and English
Subtitles English
Alberta Premiere

Hebrew and English with English subtitles

18A - Sexual Content. Mature subject matter.

After suffering an emotional breakdown in a public place, a young man vows never to leave his apartment. He quickly discovers that, in today’s world, all his needs can be easily met: sex via the Internet, food by telephone delivery and entertainment through television.

Four years later, his idyllic existence comes under attack when Daniela, a free-spirited girl, comes into his life, while Grumps, the building’s real estate agent, informs him that the apartment is about to be sold. Grumps, an elderly holocaust survivor with a troubled past, and Daniela, a cheerful woman with a disastrous history in love, are the first people in a long while to care about our hero. Both think the only way out for him is by, well, getting out. However, our hero refuses to leave his kingdom and decides to fight till the bitter end.

Co-directing brothers Yoav & Doron Paz belong to a new generation of Israeli filmmakers recognized by the contemporary urban visual edge of their work. Based on a novel of the same name, PHOBILIDIA is a dark, universal story about the impact of globalization on individuals.


Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2009, Official Selection Berlin International Film Festival 2010
Doron Paz, Yoav Paz
Executive Producer
Shai Eines, Shay Ines
Guy Behar, Amir Golan
Izhar Harlev, Doron Paz, Yoav Paz
Nitai Netzer
Simon Herman, Rotem Shamir
Production Design
Orly Hummel
Ran Jurgenson, Uri Ophir
Ofer Shechter, Efrat Boimold, Shlomo Bar-Shavit