Love & Dance

Sipur Hatzi-Russi (original title)

Chen, a young kid, is battling a cultural conflict between his Russian born mother and Israeli father. She is cultured and used to the finer things in life, including theater and fine dining. He is gruff on the outside but sweet on the inside - a Sabra; and looking to make his young son a man rather than the wimp his mother is raising. One day, Chen stumbles upon a ballroom dance class for young people and sees Natalie, a stunning Russian young girl he falls in love with immediately.

His interest in Natalie leads him to taking ballroom dancing and to ultimately bridging the cultural divide of his own family - through the Cha Cha and the Tango. The teachers are a pair of former Russian world champions who never quite fulfilled their potential, but find themselves battling their demons through the instructions of the kids...


ISRAEL/2006/90 min./Hebrew, Russian/35mm/Color

The film was produced with the support of: The Israeli Film Fund, Reshet-TV, YES

Cast & Crew

Eitan Anner


Eitan Anner


Evgenia Dodina, Avi Kushnir, Oksana Korostyshevskaya, Kirill Safonov, Vladimir Volov

Director of Photography:

Itzik Portal


Tali Halter Shenkar

Production designer:

Avi Fahima


Orit Azoulay

Costume designer:

Laura Sheim

Original Score:

Jonathan Bar Giora


Eilon Ratzkovsky

Ehud Bleiberg

Yossi Uzrad

Koby Gal-Raday

Love & Dance

Love & Dance

Sipur Hatzi-Russi (original title)

Washington Jewish Film festival 2007 San Diego Jewish Film festival 2008 Rome International Film festival 2006 Moscow International Film festival 2006 Berlin International Film festival 2007

Love & Dance

Sipur Hatzi-Russi (original title)