A Film by Dror Shaul
(Israel, 1999, 50 Minutes, Color, English subtitles, cast: Rami Hoiberger, Ami Smolarchik, Einat Vitzman)
Mivtza Savta ("Operation Grandma") is a satirical comedy about the Israeli military and about kibbutz life.
The story revolves around three brothers: Alon (34), a no-nonsense army officer; Benny (30), a brilliant electrician; and Idan (22) a wimpy tour guide. The story is told from Idan's point of view.
The three brothers want to bury their beloved grandmother in the kibbutz cemetery. Because Alon has a secret security operation set for that same day, they have to work on a tight schedule so he plans the burial like a military operation - hence the title. A series of mistakes and mishaps complicate things with hilarious results.
Since winning the Israeli Academy Award in 1999, "Operation Grandma" has become one of Israel's biggest cult films.