Film Movement is bringing Eran Riklis’s “The Human Resources Manager,” to the US with plans for a theatrical release in March of 2011. The film, “Human Resources Manager” was the winner of the Audience Award at this year’s Locarno International Film Festival and is Israel’s foreign film submission for the Academy Award.
The Human Resources Manager of Jerusalem’s largest bakery is in trouble. He’s separated from his wife, distanced from his daughter and stuck in a job he hates. When one of his female employees, a foreign worker, is killed in a suicide bombing and her body remains unclaimed, the bakery is accused of inhumanity and indifference. The Human Resources Manager is sent on a mission to make things right. He embarks on a complex journey, beginning in the mystical streets of Jerusalem and continuing in frozen Romania. The Manager finds himself leading an awkward convoy to the dead woman’s village including her rebellious son, a pesky journalist determined to ruin him, a quirky consul, an old veteran driver and a coffin. Far from home, on a mission to honour a woman he didn’t even know but has somehow grown to admire, the Human Resources Manager rediscovers his own humanity and his ability to truly care for human resources.