Dana Goldberg is an Israeli film director, screenwriter and producer. A Graduate of HaMidrasha School of Art, Beit Berl College 2003. Goldberg's debut feature film, Alice, premiered at the Jerusalem Film Festival in 2012, and was awarded the best screenplay award, the best actress award, and the Jury's honorable mention. In 2017 Goldberg produced Death of the Poetess, her second feature film, written and directed in collaboration with poet Dr. Efrat Mishori. Death of a Poetess, Starring Evgenia Dodina and Samira Saraya, premiered at the Jerusalem Film Festival 2017, in which Saraya was awarded the best actress award. Goldberg has written and directed 10 short films and 10 experimental pocket films. Her films are all female portraits, Dealing with questions of gender, identity, motherhood, violence and the language of cinema.
Goldberg was also active in other fields. The mono-drama Esti of the Pine Trees, her debut theater work, premiered at the Theatroneto Festival 2014. Orange Corals, Goldberg's first volume of poetry, was published by Keshev Publishing House in 2011.
Goldberg lives in Tel Aviv and teaches film at the Ma'aleh School of Television, Film and the Arts in Jerusalem.
Grants and awards
2002 Rabinovich Art Foundation grant for the book of poetry "Orange Corals".
2002 America-Israel Cultural Foundation grant for young video artists.
2003 America-Israel Cultural Foundation grant for young directors.
2004 America-Israel Cultural Foundation grant for young directors.
2005 Berlinale Talent Campus
2009 Most promising director award, The International Women's Film Festival, Rehovot.
2012 Honorable mention for "alice" in the Haggiag competition, Jerusalem Film Festival.
2012 The Gottlieb Film Fund screenplay award for Alice, Jerusalem Film Festival.
2012 Best actress award to Ilanit Ben Yaakov, lead actress, "Alice", Jerusalem Film Festival.
2012 Honorable mention for "Alice" in the International Women's Film Festival, Rehovot.
2015 Award at the International Pitching Forum, "Our Story", Haifa International Film Festival.
2017 Best actress award to Samira Saraya, for "Death of a Poetess", Jerusalem Film Festival.
2018 Best screenplay award to "Death of a Poetess", UK Jewish Film Festival.
2019 Rabinovich Art Foundation grant for my second book of poetry.
2003 Nommy Teller (12 min.)
2004 Cell (9:30 min.)
2004 Untitled (1:44 min.)
2005 Masha (10 min.)
2007 Alpha (12 min.)
2009 Alligator (24 min.)
2011 Alice (82 min.)
2014 The Last Word (4 min.)
2014 V (11:20 min.)
2015 No Shadow (8 min.)
2016 Four Mothers (10 min.)
2017 Death of a Poetess (75 min.)
Lenny Sadeh is a Tel Aviv based scholar who passes through the last day of her life. Yasmin Nasser, an Arab nurse who lives in Jaffa, is interrogated by the police. The worlds of these two women meet for a critical
moment and bound together inseparably. A joint project of Dana Goldberg and Dr. Efrat Mishori.
In this formalist, catalogue-like, cinematic ready-made, four mothers – well known Israeli actresses – speak up about the unthinkable.
NO SHADOW is a video poem, a surreal-associative dream/nightmare, a cinematic experiment lip-syncing the silence of one woman's subconscious. The entire film was shot with a smartphone – Samsung Galaxy S4.
In a dark, dubious space, a stunning woman converses with a young man who slowly surrenders to her magical power.
A woman is talking to a camera. A black and white monologue. She speaks of a man. Her face is twitching with rage or pain. She wants to be heard. She wants us to believe her. There's no other story like hers.
Alice, an unhappy mother and wife, works at a rehabilitation center for young girls. A power triangle with two of her patients makes her life go out of control.
Ilana lives with her mother. Every conversation between the two turns into a quarrel that makes Ilana run off. Wandering the ruthless, dark streets, Ilana seeks human closeness and intimacy.
The final minutes of an intimate night between two women. One is fifty years old and the other is her early twenties. What seems to be a fragile promise of harmony brings about the relationship’s demise.
A woman director and a young boy are sitting in front of each other. She auditions dozens of boys just like him every day. He can't afford questioning her.
In a red, smoky women’s bar, two young women spot each other. In the claustrophobic restroom the common conversation becomes a tight power game.
A single shot fragment, produced for the Berlinale Talent Campus admittance exams, and with which I traveled to the 2005 Berlin Film Festival.
Nommy Teller can't sleep. She's haunted by a beautiful woman she met on the bus. This woman may not be the stranger she appears to be.
'DEATH OF A POETESS': FILM REVIEW
Israeli poet Efrat Mishori and filmmaker Dana Goldberg dramatize a fateful meeting and a miscarriage of justice.
"A beautiful example of how a memorable film can be made on a shoestring, Death of a Poetess poignantly describes the last day in the life of an educated Israeli writer, culminating in her casual encounter with a gay Palestinian woman in a bar. But it is equally about the Arab woman’s doomed conversation with a police investigator determined to make her confess to a crime she didn't commit. Well-known poet Efrat Mishori and young filmmaker Dana Goldberg (whose first feature Alice won awards a few years ago) co-direct two fine actresses — Evgenia Dodina (One Week and a Day) and newcomer Samira Saraya — to great effect. Their creative partnership produces dialogue as taut as a poem, and a story told in gritty black-and-white visuals with sets and camerawork reduced to a minimum."
Deborah Young | The Hollywood Reporter
THOU SHALT NOT WORSHIP FALSE GODS BEFORE ME
Israelis, Children, and the 2012 Jerusalem International Film Festival
"Dana’s portrait of the alienated mother struck me immediately with its power — not only because of her sure but subtle direction, and the remarkably strong performance of Ilanit Ben Yaacov, but because an Israeli filmmaker who dares to show an unloving family, and a total disconnect between mother and son, is clearly an independent thinker."
Nina Menkes, FILMMAKER | The Magazine of Independent Film
JERUSALEM FILM FESTIVAL: SEX
"Whatever one may think of Alice as a character, and there are no easy conclusions in this film, the scene in which she and Yoel make love in the office is powerful in its portrayal of sex from the perspective of a woman’s pleasure."
Ayelet Dekel, Midnight East | an insider's perspective on Israeli culture, July 2012.