Directed by Matan Yair
Israel, Poland | 2017 | 93 min drama | Hebrew

17-year – old Asher has always been the impulsive troublemaker, from primary school, all through junior high and high school. It’s hard for him to concentrate in class, and he is compelled by a lot of rage and violence; yet he is also endowed with a considerable amount of charm and street wisdom. While his strict father sees him as a natural successor to the family’s scaffolding business, Asher finds a different masculine role model in his gentle literature teacher Rami and forges a special connection with him. Torn between the two worlds, Asher looks for a chance for a new life and new identity. When a sudden tragedy occurs, he has to take the ultimate test of maturity.

Cast & Crew

Director: Matan Yair
Screenplay: Matan Yair
Cinematography: Bartosz Bieniek
Editing: Dov Steuer
Cast: Asher Lax (Asher), Ami Smolarchik (Rami), Yaacov Cohen (Milo), Keren Berger (Shira)
Producers: Gal Greenspan (Green Productions), Roi Kurland (Green Productions), Stanisław Dziedzic (Film Produkcja)
Moshe Edery (United King Films), Leon Edery (United King Films)

  • Matan Yair
    Matan Yair

Festivals & Awards
Cannes ACID
Toronto International Film Festival
Jerusalem Film Festival Aaron Emanuel Award – Best Cinematography – Honorable Mention, Best Israeli Feature, Best Actor – Asher Lax
Raindance International Film Festival
Zurich International Film Festival
Chicago International Film Festival
Sao Paulo International Film Festival
Singapore International Film Festival – Special Mention
Tbilisi International Film Festival – Special Mention
Awards of the Israeli Film Academy – Award of the Israeli Film Academy – Best Supporting Actor

press quotes

A small film with a big heart! (…) A sharply drawn study of the father-son dynamic (…) Bringing depth and poignancy to what could have otherwise been a familiar tale.
Screen International

“Scaffolding” is a naturalistic pearl.

“Scaffolding” is a pearl: one of the most beautiful and interesting films that were ever made in Israel.
Avner Shavit, Walla

Matan Yair

Filmmaker, an author and a high school history and literature teacher. He’s a graduate of the screenwriting program at the prestigious Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem, as well as of the MFA directing program at Tel Aviv University. Matan’s literary and artistic work derives from his personal experiences and biography. His documentary film IT IS WRITTEN IN YOUR ID THAT I AM YOUR FATHER (2008) describes a process of growing intimacy between himself and his father, Mordechai, who left home when he was thirteen. The film participated in Haifa International Film Festival’s competitive section as well as other film festivals. Matan’s drama UNSEEN focuses on his experience working as a teacher in a class for kids who were rejected from the regular school system. In 2009, Matan published his first novel, which is built as a diary of a teenager who documents one dramatic year of his adolescence. The novel was awarded from the National Library of Israel, described by the jury as a groundbreaking work. SCAFFOLDING is his first feature film.

2017 Scaffolding, feature
2016 Unseen, short drama
2008 It is written in your I.D that I am your Father, documentary feature film