The Seven Years of Absalon


Meir Eshel, a 22-year-old beach-boy from Southern Israel, buys a one-way ticket to Paris and re-invents himself as an artist calling himself Absalon. He quickly rises to art-scene stardom, showcased by the most prestigious museums worldwide: the Venice Bienalle, Centre Pompidou Paris, Tate Modern Gallery London, Israel Museum.
Absalon’s success was short-lived – almost 7 years pass since his arrival in Paris until his tragic death, during the peak of his success at the age of 28.
More than 25 years later, his younger brother Dani Eshel’s first assignment as estate manager – is to sell Absalon’s final art piece.
Through his journey we learn about the life of a unique Israeli artist.

Director: David Ofek

Producer: David Noy, Yoram Ivry

Co Producer: Cinemax Productions Ltd.


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Production Company: Cinemax Productions Ltd.
Duration: 60 min.
Date of Release: June 2022
Country of Production: Israel

Shooting Format: HD
Language: Hebrew, English, French
Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Festivals & Awards

  • Docaviv 2022
    Israeli Competition

Involved Broadcasters

yes Docu – DBS Satellite Service

Involved Institutions and Other Financiers

Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts, The Israeli Lottery Council for Culture and Arts

World Sales

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Art / Music / Culture, Biography, Portrait