The Beetle

What do you do when you’re in love with your old jalopy, but your pregnant wife insists you get rid of it for something more practical?

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Global Voices
Premiere Date
July 4, 2010
60 minutes
  • Award laurels-r Created with Sketch.
    2008 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival-Audience Top Ten Laurel Choice
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    2008 Israeli Academy Awards-Best Documentary Award
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    2009 Rodos Ecofilms International Film Festival-Second Prize
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    2009 Crossroads of Europe International Film Festival-Grand Prix Award
  • Director

    Yishai Orian

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    The Film

    Director Yishai Orian is the owner of an old Volkswagen Beetle and is about to become a father. His mechanic says that the car will not last long, while his wife complains that the car is unsuitable for a baby. Attempting to keep his beloved car, Yishai goes on a journey that begins with the previous owners of the Beetle, continues to Jordan to renovate the old car, and ends with the birth of his first child. The exciting, funny, sad, and intimate memories of the beetle’s previous owners blend with the director’s personal story.