"Over Time and Distance" tells the story of a son and his mother, who find themselves in a similar state of longing for a loved one who is far away. When Itamar (24) returns to his family home in the village to recover from a painful separation from his boyfriend, he discovers that his family is also falling apart. He lingers between the life he once had and the new life he must begin, carrying the phantom pain of the destructive relationship that has just ended. He joins his mother, who collects the historical narratives of the village residents – stories of immigration and occupation, of long journeys to the promised land and subsequent disillusionment. Between the intimacy of the home and the wild nature spreading to the horizon, a portrait of the region of the Elah Valley will be gradually revealed through personal testimonies of longing, separation, loss and heartbreak.
The script started from the painful ending of my first romantic relationship, which raised difficult questions about how it defined my identity. While writing, I also decided to leave my country and realized how similar the processes of separation and immigration are. The film takes place where I grew up, around the Valley of Elah, whose geological layers tell the different histories of the country, and will use real testimonies collected by my mother. I am interested in how these memories resurface in the present and in how longing can influence and change them. "Over Time and Distance" is a colonial fantasy tale about people torn between past and future. Like the mythical Wandering Jew, the characters are destined to roam restlessly in search of an ever-receding sense of belonging.