Yes Studios has finalized deals for "44 Hours" in the US, Norway and New Zealand. In addition, the company announced that Nelly Mira Rubin, star of its latest drama series "Unsilenced", won the Best Performance Award at last night’s Marseilles Series Stories.
"44 Hours" is a yes Docu, Rotem Gross and Einat-Hana Shamir production, co-produced with Neue Celluloid Fabrik Filmproduktion and SWR (Germany), in co-operation with ARTE (France). It debuted to great acclaim on yes TV earlier this year and was also a Top 10 title when it launched on Netflix in Israel. yes Studios handles the worldwide distribution for the documentary.
Launched to the market earlier this year, the 1x83 feature-length documentary version will now become available as a TVOD title on Amazon’s Prime Video. The 1x60 version has been acquired by NRK in Norway for its linear channels (NRK1, 2 and3) and VOD platform, while in New Zealand, the feature version has been licensed to DocEdge Virtual Cinema, the year-round viewing platform that supports the influential Doc Edge Festival.
"44 Hours" tells the story of Gil Avni, a sports- mad, healthy 33-year-old father of two, who was rushed to hospital after being taken suddenly ill. When he is pronounced brain-dead and given only a few hours to live, his family and friends visit to say their goodbyes. What nobody knows – neither the medical team nor his relatives – is that Gil is aware of what is happening around him and can hear every single word, which he memorises.
Totally paralysed and unable to voice the screaming in his head, he feels like a guest at his own funeral. And just when he comes to terms with the fact that, after 44 hours, he’s about to die, he astonishingly wakes up and recounts every single minute of his harrowing locked- in experience. With only two other known cases worldwide, his story provides the world’s first living testimony of a locked-in syndrome. Featuring interviews with a fully recovered Gil, his family and the lead medics that cared for him, this incredible story of coming back from the dead is life-affirming and truly the substance of miracles. His unique case and subsequent work with medics have led to important changes in medical ethics and protocols regarding teetering on the verge between life and death.
At the Marseilles Series Stories, Mira Rubin was judged by a panel featuring actor Grégory Montel and screenwriter Thomas Mansuy Nelly, who played lead character Oshrat in the six-part series inspired by Odelia Karmon’s best-selling novel "The Confidante," put in a performance that was deemed ‘fantastic’, with the accolade ‘amply deserved’. Set in the early 2000s, "Unsilenced" is a multi-layered series about sexual violence, the lengths to which an influential perpetrator, in this case a President - and his allies - will go to silence victims, protect themselves and keep their crimes out of the public eye, and how women bound by experience can come together to seek justice.