Mr. Cortisone, Happy Days
Part stream-of-consciousness diary, part experimental documentary, Mr. Cortisone, Happy Days follows director Shlomo Shir's last years and moments as he battles the recurring tumor which ultimately claimed his life.
Shot over three years, the film follows Shir in and out of hospitals and into his hopes and dreams for a normal life with his wife and newborn child. Moving constantly from the unseen hand behind the camera to the subject in front of it, Shir attempts to create a happy ending to his story. Yet his hopes are shattered with the discovery of aggressive new tumors in his spine. The camera becomes Shir's intimate companion as he flies to New York City where he awaits a series of operations meant to save his life. When he realizes that he is being sentenced to die on the operating table, Shir decides to leave the hospital, high on cortisone and painkillers, and let his soul free.
Directors // Shlomo Shir and Duki Dror
Script // Duki Dror
Cinematography // Shlomo Shir and Philippe Bellaiche
Editor // Dani Itzhaki
World Premiere | Cinema du Reel, France | 2004
DocAviv International Documentary Festival, Israel | 2004
Documenta Madrid, Spain | 2004
EBS Seoul International Film Festival, South Korea | 2004
Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und Videofest, Germany | 2004
Taiwan International Film Festival | 2004
Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland | 2005
MedFilm Festival Roma, Italy | 2005
Ecuador Documentary Film Festival, Ecuador | 2006
Gandhi Award | Documenta Madrid, Spain | 2004
Audience Award | EBS Seoul International Film Festival, South Korea | 2004
Special Citation | DocAviv, Israel | 2004
A brave work of art about human existence, painful at times humorous ... a must see.
Challenges the definition of first-person film-making and redefines the borders of subjective documentary.