Image of Victory (Hebrew: תמונת הניצחון) is a 2021 Israeli film directed by Avi Nesher. The film includes a re-enactment of the battle and subsequent loss of Kibbutz Nitzanim during Israel’s War of Independence and is based on real events.
Also known as Tmunat Hanitzahon (original title) and Portrait of Victory (world-wide English title).
The story takes place between late 1947 and June 1948, and focuses mainly on the days before the Battle of Nitzanim and on the battle itself (07 June 1948), at the end of which Nitzanim is successfully conquered and the surviving defenders are taken prisoner.
A young Egyptian journalist, Hassanein (Amir Khoury), accompanies an Egyptian volunteer fighting force heading to aid the Palestinian Arabs, as a director of a propaganda film to capture an “image of victory” of the Egyptian Army. They set camp the foot of the kibbutz within which the members, together with a platoon of the Givati Brigade, prepare to defend.
- Joy Rieger … Mira.
- Amir Khoury … Hassanin.
- Ala Dakka … Halif.
- Eliana Tidhar … Ada.
- Tom Avni … Yerach.
- Meshi Kleinstein … Hadasa.
- Rasha Jahshan … Hassanin’s Wife.
- Yadin Gellman … Commander Abraham.
- Kamal Zaid … Youssef.
- Neta Roth … Naomi.
- Daniel Naaser … Naguib.
- Elad Levi … Jamous.
- Elisha Banai … Elyakim.
- Nir Knaan … Zigi.
- Adam Gabay … Ben Gigi.
Production & Filming Details
- Avi Nesher.
- Roni Ben Ari … executive producer.
- Daniel Ben Ari … executive producer.
- Ehud Bleiberg … producer (produced by) / producer.
- Nicholas Donnermeyer … executive producer.
- Leon Edery … executive producer.
- Moshe Edery … executive producer.
- Kainan Eldar … line producer.
- Elad Gavish … executive producer.
- Nashaat Haleem … executive producer.
- Elad Naggar … executive producer.
- Charles Wachsberg … executive producer.
- Avi Nesher … (screenplay by).
- Liraz Brosh … (inspired by true events and story by).
- Ehud Bleiberg … (inspired by true events and story by).
- Randy Kerber … (original score).
- Tom Oren … (music composed by) / (original score).
- Amit Yasur.
- Isaac Sehayek.
- United King Films Distribution.
- Bleiberg Entertainment.
- Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2022) (Netherlands) (Blu-ray).
- Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2022) (Netherlands) (DVD).
- Madman Entertainment (2021) (Australia) (all media).
- Madman Films (2021) (New Zealand) (all media).
- Netflix (2022) (Belgium) (video) (VOD).
- Netflix (2022) (Netherlands) (video) (VOD).
- Netflix (2022) (USA) (video) (VOD).
- WVG Medien (2022) (Germany) (Blu-ray).
- WVG Medien (2022) (Germany) (DVD).
- Release Date: 23 December 2021 (Haifa Film Festival, Israel).
- Rating: 15.
- Running Time: 128 minutes.
- Country: Israel.
- Language: Hebrew, Arabic, Spanish, German, and English.