The Burglar

by Hagar Ben Asher

The Burglar


Alex, almost 18, is abandoned by her mother, is lonely and fearful. She struggles with life and the responsibilities of a forced adulthood. When her apartment is broken into one day, she is emotionally intrigued by the chaos the burglars have left behind.

She decides to visit her neighbors. When no one answers, she slips in through the unlocked door. She finds money on a table, but does not touch it. The next day she changes her mind and returns.

From that moment on, something lights up in her, something that gives her the strength and the confidence to meet Michael, a German geologist working near the Dead Sea. She lies to him about a lot, but not about her feelings.

Her increasing addiction to both the new 'hobby' and the man puts her at risk. A lot is at stake.


2016 - Writer and director of "The Burglar".

2013 - Developed the script for "The Burglar" in the residency of the Berlin film fund, winner of the Arte award for best script.

2012 - Writer, director and lead actress of "The Slut" that premiered 2011 in Cannes at the "Semaine de la critique"; winner of best director award at the Jerusalem Film Festival; theatrically released in many countries including USA, France, Japan, Germany.

2009 - Winner of first prize at the Torino Film Lab.

2008 - Developed the script for the feature lm "The Slut" at the "Residence-Cinéfondation - Cannes Film Festival" and "Sundance film lab".

2007 - Writer, director and actress in "Pathways" (short);
world premiere at "Cinéfondation - Cannes Film Festival"; winner of numerous awards around the world.

Continuous - Teaching at the Sam Spiegel film school Jerusalem, Sapir film school, and Minshar film school Tel Aviv; directing theatre plays, and shorts.


Alex - Lihi Kornovsky
Michael - Ronald Zehrfeld
Mother Mary - Sendi Bar


director & writer Hagar Ben Asher
director of photography Amit Yasour
production designer Shunit Aharoni
costume designer Moshe Alembik, Ii Alembik
executive producer Jonathan Doweck
producers Benny Drechsel, Eitan Mansuri, Yael Fogiel, Nathalie Vallet, Karsten Stöter, Laetitia Gonzalez

Technical Data

format DCP / color / 5.1
length 94 min.
languages hebrew, english

The Burglar
The Burglar

Go back