Intimate Grammar

Nir Bergman, 2010, 110 min, Hebrew, Drama

"Wonderful. Wonderful. Wonderful. Perhaps the best adaptation of Israeli literature ever made."
Yair Raveh
"Rarely does one come across a film that offers something eternal upon its first viewing. A masterpiece."
Oron Shamir
Achbar Ha'ir

Best Feature Film Award
Jerusalem International Film Festival ,2010

Sakura Grand Prix
Tokyo International Film Festival, 2010

Berlin International Film Festival, 2011

Special Mention in Knight World Competition
Miami Film Festival, 2011

Nominated Best Screenplay
Asia Pacific Screen Awards, 2010


Intimate Grammar is Nir Bergman's second feature film following Broken Wings, based on David's Grossman classic The Book of Intimate Grammar. The film follows Three years in Aharon Kleinfeld's life, Three years in which his soul matures but his body refuses to grow.

In Israel in the early 1960s, a new generation is growing up: the militant Israeli. But Hinda’s son, Aharon, a sensitive boy with a highly developed inner world, does not quite fit the mood. His soul seeks refinement, art – everything he is unable to find at home. How could he? For his mother human existence is reduced to war and survival. It is quite the same with his father, a Holocaust survivor. Aharon refuses to become like his parents. During three years he does not grow an inch, until he realizes he is partly responsible for this, and so he embarks on a dangerous inner journey: to cross the boundary dividing childhood and adolescence. 


Behind the scenes


Nir Bergman
Nir Bergman


  • Orly Zilbershatz – Hinda
  • Yehuda Almagor – Moshe
  • Roee Elsberg – Aharon
  • Rivka Gur – Mamchu
  • Yael Sgerski – Yochi
  • Evelyn Kaplun – Edna
  • Limor Goldstein – Mrs. Smitanka
  • Eden Luttenberg – Gidon
  • Rony Tal – Yaeli
  • Ruslan Levchuk – Yanger Tzahi


  • Nir Bergman – Director
  • Assaf Amir – Producer
  • Norma Production, Libretto – Production Company
  • Maria Feldman – Associate Producer
  • Nir Bergman – Scriptwriter
  • Biniamin Nimrod Chiram – Director of Photography
  • Einat Glaser Zarhin – Editor
  • Ido Dolev – Art Director
  • Ondrej Soukup – Original Score
  • Natan Elkanovith – Costume Design
  • Dudu Liss – Sound Recording
  • Aviv Aldema – Sound Design
  • Michal Koren – Casting
  • Karin Geva – Makeup Artist
  • Shir Shoshani – 1st Assistant Director
  • Maria Feldman – Line Producer
  • Karin Bar – Stills

The film was produced with the support of