Our new series Autonomies had its world premiere last night as part of the official competition of the prestigious Series Mania. The creators Yehonatan Indursky and Ori Elon were on hand in Lille, France, together with Daniella Kertesz, one of the stars, for the occasion and a post-screening Q&A.
Set to premiere on HOT TV later this year, Autonomies is a dystopian drama and a globally-relevant tale focusing on the burning issues of identity, religion, politics and personal freedom. The story is set in an alternate-reality of present-day Israel, a nation torn and divided by a wall into the secular “State of Israel” whose capital is Tel Aviv, and the “Haredi Autonomy” in Jerusalem, run by an ultra-Orthodox religious group.
Living in the Autonomy, amongst this uneasy territorial status quo, is Broide, a Haredi wheeler-dealer who makes his living smuggling minor contrabands between the two regions. One day he receives a job offer that will change his life: he is asked to kidnap a little girl who is at the heart of a custody battle between two families – one Haredi and one secular – and transfer her from the State of Israel to the Haredi Autonomy. This legal saga, followed by the kidnapping of the child, fuels a dramatic uproar that threatens to tear a fragile country to pieces.
The series stars Assi Cohen, Shuli Rand, Daniella Kertesz, Dana Ivgy and Tali Sharon, and is distributed by Keshet International.