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IT IS THEIR NATIONALITY that offers filmmakers Stephane Kaas and Rutger Lemm the ability to gaze lovingly and critically at Keret, known locally and internationally for his wry, humorous short stories and essays.

“The fact that they were not Israeli or Jewish and didn’t seem to know a lot about Israel before shooting made their perspective much more original,” said Keret. “It wasn’t as if they didn’t get things; they just sometimes got them in a different way, which would actually make me see them differently too.”

Kaas and Lemm had been thinking about Keret for years. Kaas became a documentary filmmaker and Lemm, a writer who happened to interview Keret for a Dutch magazine.

The two friends had a vague plan to make a short film out of one of Keret’s stories. But after the interview, they decided that Keret’s life was so interesting that a documentary about him and his method of telling stories would be a better idea.

That’s what they have done in Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story, a gently teasing title for a 67-minute documentary that brings Keret’s family, friends and colleagues to the screen.

FULL STORY A hunt for the kernel of truth behind Etgar Keret’s stories (Times of Israel)

Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story will screen at JIFF in Sydney and Melbourne at 6.30pm on November 9. For more details, go to

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