Big Tuna

Big Tuna

Infobox Film
name = Big Tuna
director = Shaul Betser
producer = Galit Benglas and Edo Zuckerman
writer = Roy Arad, Erez Heiman and Shaul Betser
starring = Zadok Savir
Joshua Simon
released = 2004
runtime = 57 min
language = Hebrew, English Subtitle
imdb_id = 0377013
awards =
budget = 60000
cinematography = Boaz Yaakov
editing = Zachi Klein

Big Tuna ( _he. זהירות מצלמה, "Zehirot Matzlama", lit. "Beware - Camera") is the first Israeli mockumentary film and a cult movie. The film presents the life story of Max Tuna Schreiber, the Israeli candid camera legend.

The plot

Big Tuna describes the life of Max Tuna Schreiber, who pulled a hoax on Israel's Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, filmed the first homosexual prank in the world (in 1967), and flew in a hot-air balloon to Egypt in order to bring peace between Israel and Egypt.

The movie follows Tuna Schreiber from his early days when he desperately tried to get into the film industry, through his short lasting glory days, until the big fall and the contracted debts as a result of his last and bizarre candid camera film in which he pulled hoaxes not on people but rather on walls and office supplies.

The film features the singer Zadok Savir, Joshua Simon, Roy "Chicky" Arad, Jozi Katz, Yehuda Barkan and Moshik Timor.

The film was created by Shaul Betser, Roy Arad and Erez Heiman and was shown at the Barcelona Jewish film festival and Contra Costa film festival and broatcasted on channel 2 of Israel while Purim holiday primetime. In 2008 the movie represented Israel in a Mockumentary film festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil as a closing film for the festival. []


The movie received positive reviews from HaIr and Haaretz, the latter describing it as "a funny and touching film, an excellent mock where everything that is real is unreal, and everything that is unreal turns to real".

External links

* [ Big Tuna official web site]
* [ Big Tuna in IMDB]
* [ A scene from the movie]

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