M.A.S.H. and Catch 22 have met their match with writer/director Talya Lavie’s award-winning comedy, Zero Motivation.
Zeitgeist Films, with domestic sales and distribution provided by Cinema Guild, has tabbed June 23 for this Israeli comedy about women — bored women, at that — doing their duty as film clerks for the IDF is some remote desert outpost.
The ARR comes in at an even 200 days and domestic ticket sales from its limited arthouse run (following the film’s festival circuit run) were $101,713.
The winner of 2014 Tribeca Film Festival for Best Narrative Feature, plus the coveted Nora Ephron Prize, Zero Motivation is every bit as funny as both M.A.S.H. (the Korean War) and Catch 22 (World War II) and manages to deliver that humor without conflict or politics.
Zero Motivation, presented in Hebrew, with English subtitles, includes the following bonus features — a making-of featurette and two short films from Israeli filmmaker Talya Lavie. These are: The Waitress (2000, animated) and The Substitute (2006, the original short film version of Zero Motivation).