Alejandro Iñárritu & Tom Shoval

Mentor & Protégé, Film

Alejandro Iñárritu’s ability to capture a different perspective in his films captivates young Israeli film-maker Tom Shoval, who wants to make films that are deeply personal but reveal a universal human experience.

Alejandro Iñárritu

The mentor

The much-lauded film-maker Alejandro Iñárritu, the first Mexican director to earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Director, is celebrated for his compelling films that capture the interconnectedness of human beings and mine the complex realm of dramatic realism. His debut feature, Amores perros (Love’s a Bitch, 2000), was followed by 21 Grams (2003); Babel (2006), winner of Best Director at Cannes; and Biutiful (2010).

Tom Shoval

The protégé

Obsessed with films since childhood, Israeli film-maker and screenwriter Tom Shoval 32 graduated from Jerusalem’s Sam Spiegel Film & TV School and has continued making short films that have garnered awards at international film festivals. His debut film, Youth (2013), premiered at the Berlinale and won Best Film at the Jerusalem Film Festival.