Christine Vachon

‘My Days of Mercy’: How a ‘Dream Call’ from Ellen Page and Kate Mara Led to TIFF’s Breakout Indie Feature

By Liz Nord

For Israeli director Tali Shalom-Ezer, a Sundance debut truly was her calling card.

Israeli Director Tali Shalom-Ezer’s feature Princess made waves at Sundance 2015 for its borderline taboo portrayal of budding young sexuality and adult behavior that many would consider inappropriate if not illegal. Words like “nauseating” and “disturbing” were used in reviews of the film, but Shalom-Ezer was also universally praised for her direction of the uncomfortable story.

It was this intimate directing style and portrayal of raw humanity that presumably led to the phone call that Shalom-Ezer received—one that all burgeoning directors hope for but few expect. Veritable modern indie royalty, actors Ellen Page and Kate Mara, backed by Christine Vachon and Killer Films, rang the director up and asked her to helm their next project, My Days of Mercy.

“They offered me to do this movie, and I couldn’t believe that this was happening.”

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From:: No Film School