Zero Motivation

by Talya Lavie

Zero Motivation


Zohar and Daffi are best friends; serving in an administration office at an artillery base in the south of Israel. They share a bunk bed and since both of them don't get along with others, they practically spend all their time together, sharing their secrets, their meals, and their passion for computer games.

As storm clouds gather over the south, Daffi does all she can to be transferred away from the hated remote base, trying to obtain her dream of being relocated to Tel Aviv. Zohar, on the other hand, doesn't seem to care so much about where she's stationed. Her main concern is to lose her virginity. She is secretly in love with an officer but never dares walking up to him. Terrified by the possibility of being left alone in the desolated base without her best friend - Zohar will try to prevent Daffi from leaving.

One person who wouldn't mind so much about this separation is Rama, their highly motivated officer. Rama fears that the destructive-harmony of these two girls may ultimately damage her chances for promotion.

Through the story of these three young women soldiers, their real and surreal journey inside the labyrinth of bureaucracy, and adolescent turbulence, Zero Motivation provides a mixed comic-tragic glimpse into the Israeli militaristic society.

An administration office may be the dullest and the most unseen place on earth, but a staple-gun in the first act is sure to go off in the third.



Talya Lavie is a director, screenwriter, and comics artist. She studied animation at the Bezalel Art Academy and graduated with merit from the Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem. She authored screenplays for various television dramas. Her short film "Sliding Flora" screened at New York City's MoMA and in over 40 film festivals worldwide. Her thesis film "The Substitute" received several international awards, notably the Audience Award in the Berlinale, the first prize in the Munich International Short Film Festival, and the first prize in the Melbourne International Film Festival. "Zero Motivation", her first feature film, participated in the Sundance Directors and Screenwriters Lab.


Dana Ivgy - Zohar
Nelly Tagar - Daffi
Shani Klein - Rama
Heli Twito - Livnat
Meytal Gal Suisa - Liat


Written & directed by Talya Lavie
Produced by Eilon Ratzkovsky, Yossi Uzrad, Guy Jacoel Yochanan Kredo
Cinematography by Yaron Scharf
Editied by Arik Lahav-Leibovich
Production design by Ron Zikno
Costume design by Yael kredo
Casting by Orit Azoulay

Technical Data

Format: DCP 2K / 24fps / 1:1.85 / Dolby SRD 5.1
Length: 100 min.
Original Language: Hebrew

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