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Zeitgeist Picks Up Israel's 'Zero'

"Zero Motivation," the femme-centric dark comedy about female Israeli soldiers, has secured U.S. distribution with Zeitgeist Films.

Pic, from first-time helmer Talya Lavie, was a breakout success at last month's Tribeca Film Festival, where it picked up both the Founders Award for best narrative feature as well as the Nora Ephron Prize.

Zeitgeist snapped up U.S. rights from the German sales group Match Factory, which is repping global sales at Cannes.

The film, which will hit Israeli theaters in June thanks to Shani Films, has also been sold to Canada and Australia.

Pic follows a band of bored young women serving out their mandatory military service on a remote army base in Israel's south where the primary distractions are computer games and interpersonal intrigue. It was co-produced by Israel's July August Prods. and France's Haut et Court.

Lavie, who cites "MASH" and "Full Metal Jacket" as two of her inspirations for the film, said that at first, producers and backers didn't know how what to make of her script. "It's an army movie but not a war movie. It's a comedy, but a black comedy. It's a female film, but it's serious," she said. "It was hard for some people at first to categorize it, and it took some time."

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