Or (My Treasure)

Or (My Treasure) is a 2004 drama film starring Dana Ivgy in the title role of Or, a teenager who struggles to be responsible for her prostitute mother Ruthie, played by Ronit Elkabetz. The French-Israeli production premiered on 14 May 2004 at the Cannes Film Festival.

Or (My Treasure)
Or (my treasure) movie poster
Directed byKeren Yedaya
Produced byEmmanuel Agneray
Jérôme Bleitrach
Marek Rozenbaum
Itai Tamir
Written bySari Ezouz
Keren Yedaya
StarringDana Ivgy
Ronit Elkabetz
CinematographyLaurent Brunet
Edited bySari Ezouz
Transfax Film Productions
Distributed byRézo Films (France)
Kino International (US)
Release date
16 September 2004
1 December 2004
15 April 2005
18 May 2005
(United States) limited release
1 June 2005
Running time
95 min

Plot synopsis

A teenager named Or (Dana Ivgy) works a variety of odd jobs to help support herself and her mother. When her mother, Ruthie (Ronit Elkabetz), returns home after a hospital stay, Or tells Ruthie she has found her a job cleaning houses.

However, Ruthie is unmotivated by her new poorly paid job and quickly returns to prostitution.

In the meantime, Or begins a burgeoning romance with her neighbour and childhood friend, Ido. After they sleep together, Ido's mother confronts Ruthie and makes it clear that though she likes Or she does not approve of their relationship.

Her relationship with Ido and his family crumbling, and finding herself unable to make rent and desperate to save her mother from the streets, Or begins to prostitute herself as well, first by offering sexual services to her landlord and finally by joining an escort service.


Or won 10 awards, including five at the Cannes Film Festival, and was nominated for a further 8. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a freshness rating of 77%.[1]

Awards and nominations

Israeli Film Academy

  • Best Actress - Dana Ivgy (won)
  • Best Art Direction - Avi Fahima (nomination)
  • Best Director - Keren Yedaya (nomination)
  • Best Film - (nomination)
  • Best Screenplay - Keren Yedaya
    Sari Ezouz (nomination)
  • Best Supporting Actress - Ronit Elkabetz (nomination)

Bogota Film Festival

  • Best Film - Keren Yedaya (nomination)

International Film Festival Bratislava

  • Grand Prix - Keren Yedaya
    Ronit Elkabetz
    Dana Ivgy (won)

Cannes Film Festival

  • Critics Week Grand Prize - Keren Yedaya (won)
  • Golden Camera - Keren Yedaya (won)
  • Prix Regards Jeune Award for Best Feature Film - Keren Yedaya (won)
  • SACD Screenwriting Award - Keren Yedaya
    Sari Ezouz (won)
  • Young Critics Award for Best Feature - Keren Yedaya (won)

European Film Awards

  • European Discovery of the Year - Keren Yedaya (nomination)

Jerusalem Film Festival

  • Wolgin Award for Best Israeli Feature - Keren Yedaya (nomination)

Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival

  • Best Realisation - Keren Yedaya (won)
  • Best Actress - Ronit Elkabetz shared with Dana Ivgy (won)

Palm Springs International Film Festival

  • New Voices/New Visions Special Jury Mention - Keren Yedaya (won)



  1. Or (My Treasure) (2005) Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2 July 2010
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