Holy Land, The

Virgil Films And Entertainment   (2003) / Region 1
Holy Land, The

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A Yeshiva Student. A Russian Prostitute. A Love Story.

Set in Israel, The Holy Land grittily portrays Mendy (Oren Rehany), a young rabbinical student who ventures outside the safety of his regimented religious life to experience the secular world. Mendy falls in love with Sasha (Tchelet Semel), a nineteen-year-old Russian prostitute he meets in Tel Aviv, but his love turns obsessive.

As he pursues Sasha, Mendy is befriended by Mike (Saul Stein), a former American war photographer who owns "Mike's Place," a Jerusalem dive bar where Jews and Arabs drink side by side. There Mendy meets Razi (Robert Illooz), an Arab wheeler and dealer and the colorful "Exterminator" (Arie Moskuna), an M-16 wielding American-born hard-line Jewish settler.

As Mendy becomes more and more involved with them, he begins to question his future and faith. But when Mike and Razi involve Mendy and Sasha in a shady smuggling scheme it proves to be the ultimate turning point in all their lives.


  • Length
  • Rating R
  • Released:
  • Added Mar 23 2004
  • Production Year 2003
  • Empire SKU 595041
  • UPC Code 829567010822
  • Studio  Virgil Films And Entertainment
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL


Commentary by Director and Cast
Interview with the Director
IFC's "At The Angelika" Interview with the Director
Behind The Scenes: premiere & Opening Night Party
Photo Album Narrated by Eitan Gorlin
Theatrical Trailer
Scene Selection


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color



  • Udi Yerushalmi
  • Ran Bogin


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