Dekel Berenson


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"Love longs for closeness. Desire thrives on distance."

The Film

The Girls Were Doing Nothing tells the story of Marta and Jake, a married couple in their late 30’s. Working in senior professional positions, they live in a luxurious cosmopolitan home while spending much of their free time eating at expensive restaurants and exercising at private gyms. Their idealistic lifestyle is a grandiose means of concealing and deflecting the strains of their spousal dynamics. For Jake and Marta, communication has become an obligation; intimacy has become a rarity, and love itself has become a cliché. All of that is about to change when Andrea, their attractive and affable neighbor, asks Jake and Marta for a favor while she goes on holiday.

From the press:

… Berenson’s latest affair is among the most memorable and outstanding concoctions of its type I’ve witnessed all year…an absolute knockout. This is guaranteed to be a surefire hit at festivals and with spectators alike… Such directly explains the hypnotic, subtle and clandestine tone of this erotically charged tour de force, this presentation calls to mind Stanley Kubrick’s underrated masterpiece Eyes Wide Shut (1999) and Lars von Trier’s same held Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 and 2 (2013). This parallel is visible in the sheer craftsmanship on display. It can also be spotted in its mature handling of carnal subject matter.… Despite this brave stylistic approach, another telltale sign of Berenson’s incredible risk-taking capabilities, the engaging plot thread is never lost. Even when we find ourselves unsure of why some sights are unfolding, Berenson forces our imagination to fill in the blanks. ”  Andrew Buckner, Film Critic

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Technical Details

Shot in July 2016 in London, U.K
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 17’ 30
Aspect Ratio: 1:2.39
Screening Format: 2K DCP, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Sound: 5.1 Stereo.
Shot on Red Scarlet,
Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, Italian
Festival Agency: aug&ohr medien


The Girls Were Doing Nothing:
Cinema of Love in Crisis


   Festival Screenings and Awards

  • *BEST FILM - JURY* - 5th INDIAN CINE FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Mumbai, India) September 10, 2017

  • 16th GREAT LAKES INT'L SHORTS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA) September 21, 2017

  • 5th TORONTO SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Canada) September 21, 2017

  • 8th TWIN CITIES FILM FEST (Official Selection Minnesota, USA) October 18, 2017

  • 12th ORLANDO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Orlando, Florida, USA)October 19, 2017

  • 14th INTERNATIONALES KURZFILMFESTIVAL „KURZ.FILM.SPIELE“ (Official Selection, Konstanz, Germany) October 21, 2017

  • 4th PIGRECOZEN FILMFEST (Official Selection, Ancona, Italy) October 24, 2017

  • 6th WINCHESTER SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Winchester, U.K.) November 3, 2017

  • THE LIVERPOOL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Liverpool, U.K.) November 10, 2017

  • NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARD (Competition, North Carolina, USA) November 16, 2017

  • 26th EUROSHORTS YOUNG FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Warsaw, Poland) November 27, 2017

  • 31st SCHWENNINGER KURZFILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany) November 27, 2017

  • 14th BAHAMAS INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Harbor Island, Bahamas) December 10, 2017

  • *BEST FILM* 6th MUMBAI SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Mumbai, India) December 10, 2017

  • 4th AUSTIN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Austin, USA) December 13, 2017

  • 7th IRVINE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Costa Mesa, CA, USA) January 25, 2018

  • 5th SNOWDANCE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Landsberg am Lech, Germany) January 27, 2018

  • 11th BOOMTOWN FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Victoria, USA) February 23, 2018

  • 3rd LAS CRUCES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Las Cruces, NM, USA) March 7, 2018

  • 18th FIRSTGLANCE FILM FESTIVAL LA (Official Selection, Los Angeles, CA, USA) March 8, 2018

  • 15th CINEKINK (Official Selection, New York, USA) March 14, 2018



  • *BEST ACTRESS*  - 2nd INDIAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Hyderabad, India) March 18, 2018

  • 16th OAKLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Oakland, CA, USA) April 3, 2018

  • 11th RINCON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Honorary Finalist, Puerto Rico) April 11, 2018

  • *HIFF AWARD* - 6th HEADLINE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Canada) April 18, 2018

  • 3rd SILICON BEACH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, USA) April 24, 2018

  • 19th NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Newport Beach, California, USA) April 26, 2018

  • *BEST FILM - JURY* - 8th DADA SAHEB PHALKE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New Delhi, India) April 30, 2018

  • 13th ÉCU - THE EUROPEAN INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Paris, France) May 4, 2018

  • 3rd INCA IMPERIAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lima, Peru) May 17, 2018


  • 15th RIVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Padova, Italy) - June 15, 2018

  • 6th SNAKE ALLEY FESTIVAL OF FILM (Official Selection, Burlington, IA, USA) June 20, 2018

  • 41st ELCHE INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Elche, Alicante, Spain) July 13, 2018

  • 7th MADRID INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Madrid, Spain)July 20, 2018

  • 14th SEATTLE TRANSMEDIA & INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Seattle, WA, USA) July 26, 2018

  • 24th SAN ANTONIO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, San Antonio, TX, USA) August 1, 2018

  • 2nd KEW GARDENS FESTIVAL OF CINEMA (Official Selection, Kew Gardens, NY, USA) August 3, 2018

  • 1st AMSTERDAM INT'L FILMMAKER FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Amsterdam, Netherlands) August 11, 2018

  • 14th ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL AND WRITERS’ CELEBRATION (Official Selection, Las Vegas, NV, USA) August 16, 2018

  • *BEST ACTRESS* 3rd NEW RENAISSANCE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK) August 22, 2018

  • 21st CALIFORNIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Moraga and Orinda, USA) August 24, 2018

  • 15th ANNUAL SALENTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (International Short-Film Competition, Italy) September 1, 2018

  • 11th ARIZONA UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tucson, AZ, USA) September 14, 2018

  • 13th MEXICO INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mexico City, Mexico) September 5, 2018

  • 2nd FILMPLAYA (Official Selection, Playa del Rey, CA, United States) September 21, 2018

  • 8th CATALINA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, USA) September 26, 2018

  • 3rd GO DEBUT EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Klaipeda, Lithuania) September 26, 2018

  • 8th CRESTED BUTTE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Crested Butte, USA) September 27, 2018

  • 7th DUBLING INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dublin, Ireland) October 5, 2018

  • 4th MINIKINO FILM WEEK (Official Selection, Bali, Indonesia) October 6, 2018

  • 3rd ROYAL STARR FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Royal Oak, MI, USA) October 11, 2018

  • 18th KANSAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Overland Park, KS, USA) October 12, 2018

  • 5th SANFORD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sanford, USA) October 16, 2018

  • 4th DURHAM REGION INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Oshawa, ON, Canada ) October 17, 2018

  • 7th SOUTHHAMPTON INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Southhampton, UK) October 17, 2018

  • 10th World Music & Independent Film Festival (Official Selection, Jeffersonton, Virginia, USA)

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