The Loners

Renen Schorr, 2009, 92 min, Hebrew, Russian, Drama

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"The Loners is a classic tragedy. It is an excellent movie; the audience cannot but squirm as Glori's bravado fleetingly retrieves some of the status and self-determination that the two men have had ripped away from them"
Eric Penumbra
Prison Movies

Winner of the CANVAS Award
Open Doek, 2010

Best Leading Actor
Israeli Academy Awards, 2009

11 Nominations including Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Supporting Actor & Actress
Israeli Academy Awards, 2009

Opening Film, Cinematic Excellence Award
Cinema South International Film Festival, 2009

Flash Forward Competition
Pusan International Film Festival, 2009


The story of two “lone soldiers” who despite being highly motivated with a deep desire to excel and contribute to the country, fall into a predictable trap awaiting those who are foreign, alone and unprotected, without home, family and homeland.

The new feature film by Renen Schorr (“Summertime Blues”) recounts the powerful story of two lone soldiers, Russian speaking immigrants, whose sole desire is to belong, to become fully fledged Israelis. The mutiny that they lead, a desperate measure against the brutally violent staff of the military prison facility they’re held in, serves also to convey their outcry against the xenophobia in their new-found homeland. In this battle that pits Jews against Jews, individuals against an oblivious system, no red lines exist. “Ha’Bodedim” (The Loners) is in Hebrew and Russian, and was inspired by true events that took place in an Israeli military prison in 1997.


Behind the scenes


Renen Schorr
Renen Schorr


  • Sasha Avshalom Agrounov – Glory
  • Anton (“Klin”) Ostrovsky – Bluchin
  • Tzahi Grad – General Ben Aroya
  • Rotem Zisman -Cohen – Ilanit
  • Henry David – Sergeant Galperin


  • Renen Schorr – Director
  • Assaf Amir – Producer
  • Renen Schorr, Yoav Roeh, Elia Meirovitz – Associate Producers
  • Moshe Zonder, Guy Meirson, Renen Schorr, Nir Bergman – Scriptwriter
  • David Gurfinkel – Director of Photography
  • Einat Glazer Zarhin – Editor
  • Ido Dolev – Art Director
  • Shem-Tov Levy – Original Score
  • Li Alembik – Costume Design
  • Ashi Milo – Sound Recording
  • Aviv Aldema – Sound Design
  • Orit Azulay – Casting
  • Eti Ben-non – Makeup Artist
  • Dana Blankstein, Orna Nisenbaum – 1st Assistant Director
  • Maria Feldman, Eitan Mansuri – Line Producer
  • Shemi Zarhin  – Script Editor
  • Vered Adir  – Stills

The film was produced with the support of