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"Ivy is the greatest actor I've ever known, but I won't work with sexually abusive people" - voila! culture


A moment after the series "Carthage" aired on Han 11, one of its creators and stars Rashef Levy talks about the decision not to work with Ivy and stand by the victims

Trailer for the series "Carthage" in Khan 11 (courtesy of Khan 11)

After publishing an investigation, voila!

A culture that revealed the Moshe Ivgi affair, many in the industry remained silent even though they knew about the actor's exploits.

The one who nevertheless voiced one of the prominent critical voices towards the actor was Reshef Levy, who worked with Ivy on three occasions over the years, for example in the series "Haburer".

In July 2020, a moment after the sentence was given to Ivy, Reshef published a post on Facebook in which he revealed that he had heard from dozens of women how Ivy used to sexually assault them, and that there was a rule on the set that he was not left alone with a girl." Before the trial began, I called Ivy and told him: Be Man, thank you for your guilt, apologize to the women, and go to therapy. He went to lawyers instead. (...). Ivy must apologize because it is the moral thing to do. He must go to therapy so that he learns to control himself. Until that happens, I don't think we should work with him in the world of culture."

"My wife worked for five years as an aid coordinator at the center for victims of sexual assault," says Rashef Levy in an interview with Walla!


"I had the chance to be with her when she faced the greatest horrors that women and men and boys and girls experience in this world. Every sixth child goes through incest. People like Ivy are the tip of the iceberg to the big secret of the society we live in. Every day and every hour I will always stand by the victims. There is no other option. Our profession is not something we inherited, it is a gift from fate, a gift that brings with it applause and love from the audience. Those who turn their backs on this gift and hurt people lose this place. Ivy is the greatest actor I have worked with. But I will not work People who sexually abuse women."

People like Ivy are the tip of the iceberg.

Rashef Levy (Photo: Reuven Castro)

Yesterday (Sunday) one of the biggest productions ever seen in Israel premiered here - the fascinating series "Carthage", which Shref created and wrote with his brother the writer and screenwriter Yenz Levy ("The Adventures of David Aryeh") and with Tomer Shani, who also directed.

Rashef participated in its production with Yoav Gross, and he plays in it alongside Uri Gov, Philip Glenister, Yaakov Zeda-Daniel, Henry David, Carolina Yurshak, Oliver Buchner, Sean McGrath and Oleg Levin.

This is a psychological dramatic thriller inspired by real events, which brings the forgotten story of the underground fighters Etzel and Lahi, who were deported to an isolated detention camp established by the British in Africa at the height of World War II, where they stayed alongside Italian fascist detainees and junior Nazis.

One clear day and without a preliminary trial, the leaders of the underground, some of whom later became the founders of the state and the leaders of the political right in Israel, find themselves in the detention camp.

The giant production, which according to estimates cost 25 million NIS, is the product of a collaboration between Kan 11 and several international production companies from Argentina, Colombia,

Cyprus and more.

For the filming, the creators insisted on building real sets of each location, without the use of computer effects, including the establishment of a set of a detention camp in Colombia.

The series is broadcast on Sundays and Wednesdays at 21:15 on Khan 11 and on digital.

After the broadcast of the double opening episode, episode 3 is available for first viewing through the Kaan box app.

Rashef Vinz were first exposed to the story through their father, Eliyahu Levy, who was himself a prisoner in the camp, and whose character is at the center of the series, played by Uri Gov.

Eliyahu (Elijah) is an actor in the broom theater, who arrives in Carthage after being accused of collaborating with the British.

But Eliyahu is not a member of any political organization and his ideology is foreign to the time - he believes in self-fulfillment.

Upon his arrival at the camp, he discovers that the wife of the warden of the prison, Lord Davidson (played by the British actor Philip Glennister) is connected to him in a secret relationship, which, if discovered, will lead to their death.

"My father was 47 years old when I was born," says Rashef Levy in an interview with Walla!


"I didn't know him as a young man like my children knew me and I only heard his stories about Carthage and his childhood. He was the best storyteller I've ever met in my life. So when we started working on Carthage it was clear that we weren't going to make a documentary series but a series that corresponded with the masters The greats of cinema on the one hand, and on the other hand I get inspiration from how everyone remembers their life like the fantasy my father told me as a child."

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My father turned every tragedy into a positive thing.

Rashef Levy (Photo: Reuven Castro)

How did the fact that your father was a comedian help him survive in Carthage and in general?

"My father was a person who turned every tragedy that happened to him in his life into something positive, for him the fact that at the age of 16 and a half he was kidnapped by security personnel, handed over to the British, tortured and then put in a dungeon for ninety-three days, it was the best thing that happened to him in his life because it became him to a man who trusts no one but himself. Anyway, he was a comedian as a child, and his mother raised him to become the greatest writer who wrote in Hebrew. It didn't happen because when he returned from Carthage he lost all artistic ambition. He refused to write anything narrative Although as a child I pressured him to do it. Somewhere his children continue him without the post-trauma."

Tal Friedman, who made 11 films here about the Holocaust and humor, told Walla!

A culture that, God forbid, would have been in the hell of the Holocaust, it would still have remained with the comedian's DNA.

Do you agree with that?

What would happen to you if you experienced the horrors of World War II?

"I believe humor is a perspective on life, and in all the situations I've been in so far I've also seen what's funny in the situation. In Woody Allen's movie, 'Crimes and Misdemeanors', he wonders about a television producer, who keeps saying 'If it's crooked, it's funny. If It's broken, it's already a tragedy.' So maybe if you took Tal Friedman and me to the Holocaust, maybe we would be less entertaining. There is a situation where he would have become a capo, who betrays us all to the Germans, and I would have had to sleep with female guards in Auschwitz to get potato peels, and also Because German women in uniform are hot. People whose children have all died don't open the box office together at a comedy marathon. So I'll be humble and say that I hope I never hear my material from my time in Birkenau. In the British interrogations my father had all his teeth pulled. I remember coming back from the dentist and there were I have five or six excellent jokes about tartar, but I believe that in the morning after an investigation when I would wake up with empty, ground gums, I would take a picture without a smile,Both to hide and because there are places where the humor must have ended."

"In general," adds Levy, "one of the things we thought about while writing - Tomer Shani, Netz and me - was the matter of the hero Eliyahu Levy, who is actually a millennial, does not believe in ideology, seeks self-fulfillment and love like our generation and my children's generation and arrives at the camp, where everyone is full of righteousness, believes in some kind of theory that motivates all their actions and justifies all the violence in the world. They will kill, cut and slaughter for the Jewish people or for fascism or for the British Empire. Today no one can relate to that. Even the extreme people who believe in a messianic ideology Extremists are a pale and non-violent version compared to the people of old who used to detonate bombs in markets and kill traitors with a gun at night. Ben Gvir waves a gun but doesn't shoot anyone. Smotrich threatens to close football on Saturday. In Lehi they blew up the King David Hotel and killed dozens of people without blinking.

It's a different level of commitment to ideology.

They would hug a grenade together and explode.

answer today

A government of the successors of Lapid and Gantz will be formed soon.

Rashef Levy (Photo: Reuven Castro)

"Carthage" is the second collaboration between Rashef Levy and Tomer Shani, after the previous series they created together, the comedy drama "Nechma" in which Levy starred in the lead role and was broadcast on HOT.

"Me and Tomer connected seven years ago and became a team that writes together. It's just like playing in a band. And I, who is addicted to the stories of rock and pop bands, take inspiration from them. We meet every day, talk about our lives, then open the computer and start writing together. It's an experience special for me because until a very old age I would write on the computer mostly alone. Suddenly doing it with someone else is a fascinating way and much less lonely. After we wrote 'Consolation', which is an emotional and personal chamber series, we were looking to go to a completely different project. Our connection with Yenz created a triple band which is already a completely different dynamic. Three is a great power - Tomer created 'A very important man' with Shirley Moschioff, and with me 'Nechma', Yenz created 'The Adventures of David Aryeh' and 'When Grandfather Eliyahu was small'

To a large extent this is a "family production" - the plot was inspired by your father's story, you created and wrote it alongside your brother Ynetz, and also this time you wrote your name in the credits alongside the name of Regev, your late brother.

How much did this production overwhelm you again with Regev's lack?

"Years ago, when Regev was dying, I promised him that I would sign everything I wrote with his name as well. To leave his mark on the world. Fortunately, my scripts were produced and I made films and plays, otherwise that promise would have turned out to be a terrible farce. Think that I would only sign his name on Things that crashed and didn't come to fruition or just embarrassing things. I would meet him in heaven and he would be upset, 'It would have been better if you had gotten a tattoo with my name on it.'"

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Reshef Levy in the series "Carthage" (Photo: Courtesy of Kaan 11)

In this series, you are also involved in the production, both the creation and the acting - is this related to being a control freak?

To perfectionism?

for totality?

"This is first of all a livelihood for someone who has had seven children. If it were up to me, I would also provide transportation to the set for a few more shekels. As I said, I treat this job like being a member of a band. I play and write with other creators. But there are some in the band who do some Things are in progress. So I sing and compose and write lyrics as well. But I don't do it alone. On the contrary, every time someone does things better than me I go back and enjoy it. Writing with Yinz and Tomer was liberating and easier.

"There is definitely a severe case of perfectionism here. At the time, when I was working on the show 'The Standupists,' I came at night to check the subtitles of what was being said. The girl who worked there told me, 'No one comes here, you're the only crazy one. I told him that I think the one who doesn't come is Crazy. We make a product that at worst will be seen by hundreds of thousands and at best by millions. Before performing in front of a thousand people I prepare to make it perfect, so if I'm doing something for millions, how can I not be a perfectionist? It's a religious obligation for me. My religion is To entertain people. To tell them a story that will make them laugh, move them, and maybe if they're lucky will make them think about it the day after watching it as well."

"Carthage", as mentioned, is a production that, according to estimates, cost about NIS 25 million, an extraordinary investment in Israel.

"Yoav Gross, the producer of the cannon, made and makes dozens of series a year, but he also says that he has never had a project like this, both in terms of quality and in terms of the difficulty of picking it up. We had to raise crazy amounts of money for the production, so during the Corona period, travel to Colombia and live there for four months while filming. It was the first time we worked on a production of this magnitude. When we arrived in Columbia for the set of the camp, I was standing there with my oldest son, and he said to me - Dad, you should be proud. You are one of the only people on the planet who were partners in the construction of a concentration camp. The most important decision we made It's putting most of the investment into the design of the camp and the sets. It looks like Hollywood cinema because it's done the way they used to make their movies."

Reshef Levy in the series "Carthage" (Photo: Daniela Novitch)

In "Carthage" you play the character of the commander Yaakov Dan.

What is your connection to him?

Didn't you think of casting yourself to play the role inspired by your father Eliyahu?

He asked me to gain ten kilos and grow a mustache.

I looked like a porn star.

Then he made sure that my eyebrows were glued on every morning on the set and together with the Begin glasses that they put on me I look like a completely different person.

I don't think I'm a regular player.

Because until today I have only played things that I co-wrote or improvised on set.

So when we write we constantly check that it suits me and is within the limits of my figure.

"The character of Yaakov Dan is greatly influenced by our politicians on the right and the left, but also by people from the industry that we know. Unlike the cliché of the commander, he is an insecure person who seeks respect and gets stressed every time things go wrong and don't go as he planned. On the other hand, he is still dangerous, and you are just starting To be afraid of him as a viewer because he can be violent at unreasonable levels at any second. He simply believes that he is serving the Jewish people, and that he is the man who is destined to save the country on the way. It is a strong drive that turns people completely insane. And very funny as a side effect.

"I didn't think of playing Eliyahu Levy in the series. I will never try to play someone who is not in my range. And certainly not in my age range. One of the things I admire about Gila Almagor is that she will always push herself in the most charming way. She will meet me and tell me - Reshef, I adore you, write me a role. I can be the mistress even at my age, I have no problem with nudity, I haven't been written nude scenes for a long time. It works for her because she really played 'Nehma' and she was stunning, but without nudity. Still We kept her. In general, after I was on the screen in every scene in 'Consolation', I was happy that in this series I am a supporting character. A supporting character who sometimes steals the show, but still it's not about her. I think it's easy for me to make these decisions because I'm not really a talent, and not really An actor, I'm first and foremost a screenwriter."

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Reshef Levy in the series "Consolation" (on the right - Tamuz Levy, his daughter in reality) (photo: courtesy of HOT)

The historical-comedy series was critically acclaimed, but critics also had some reservations.

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Tarbut Nadav Menuhin, for example, had reservations about the inaccuracies in the historical details.

In response to the question of where the line between fidelity and reality passes and complete inventions, Levy says: "The series 'Carthage' is based on real historical events - but we, its creators, invented an alternative history and allowed ourselves to go to a place where the audience would have fun meeting us. A place that takes place in a cinematic universe that is heavily influenced by the Brothers Cohen, Billy Wilder and the Tel Aviv-based Israeli director Quentin Tarantino. The latter did it brilliantly before us in 'Bastards Without Honor' and 'Django Unstoppable'. There were Nazi spies in the camp, and there were detainees from Europe. But a large part of the story is in the hands of Tomer In the end, our commitment as television creators is not to history, but to the audience who wants to experience a series that will blow their minds, touch them and make them think about their lives now,

"Carthage" takes place in a detention camp.

Which reminds me of a sentence from the movie "Walls of Hope", which takes place in a prison: "These walls are strange. At first you hate them. Then you get used to them. Enough time passes, and you become dependent on them."

Can you connect to it?

"The series talks a lot about freedom. I think the freedom we live in is treated much worse than the walls. We take it for granted. I think the corona reminded us how not trivial it is. All these closures and the ban on leaving the house suddenly reminded us how much the idea of ​​going Going to a restaurant or performing in a stand-up is not a given. But this lesson is quickly forgotten. I think there is an attempt to restrict the rights of people in the country and take away some of our freedom that has not stopped. I'm not sure it has to do with Corona anymore, but a strong court, which is now trying to cancel The same, it is a necessary condition for the freedom of all of us. All in all, the court protects you when you are at your weakest. When a tycoon tries to steal your land, or you are fired without justifiable reason. It protects settlers, ultra-Orthodox, Arabs - all minorities.

"It's quite amazing how these minorities who come to power cancel those who protected them all these years. They make a terrible mistake before themselves, tomorrow someone else will come to power and he will hurt them and they will run to the defense of the court that will no longer be there. The most amusing thing about the last elections is what ignited the ultra-Orthodox and made them come out and vote 100 percent for this tax on disposable utensils. It's terribly funny that the first time they come across this tax it breaks them. I pay income tax, VAT, property tax, and it just keeps getting bigger.

Maybe those who don't work aren't used to the concept.

So those who were offended because they raised the tax on the one-time use now want to close the best TV channel in Israel and stop generating electricity on Shabbat.

I'm sure that if people knew that the insult would be so heavy, we would give out disposable tools for free to anyone who wants it in Bnei Brak."

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I will always stand by the victims.

Moshe Ivgi (Photo: Flash 90, David Cohen)

The Echelon and Lehi fighters were sent by the British mandate to the internment camps in Africa without any trial.

How concerned are you about the apparent oppression of the justice system in the new government?

"My father, who was an extreme right-winger at the end of his life, always abhorred administrative detention - detention of terrorists without trial. He sat in prison for seven and a half years simply by the decision of some British officer. The fact that this still takes place in Israel is a travesty to me. Someone who is a terrorist should stand trial and go to prison after a fair trial. I think the fight for the justice system is just beginning and it has not been decided. And it's a bigger fight - it's a fight about what kind of country we want to be here. I have a simple answer - a Western Jewish country. A progressive one that protects the rights of LGBT people and The religious of all sects, including of course the ultra-Orthodox, and maintains the rights of the Arabs.

And this cannot happen without a strong and independent judicial system.

It is clear that currently those who try to change it do so first of all to avoid a trial or sentences that have already been imposed on them.

It sucks but it's a struggle that takes place everywhere all the time.

The fight for our freedom and the fight against corruption never ends.

We will meet the challenge and I am sure that the change for the worse will not happen.

I believe that the alliance between religious Zionism and the traditional secular middle class will be renewed and a government of the successors of Bennett Gantz and Lapid will rise again together with the Likud not long from now.

Most Israelis do not want a halachic state and do not want gays or women in the army to be harmed.

It will not happen".

As the son of a father who immigrated from Yemen and a mother from Poland, what do you think of Avishai Ben Haim's second theory of Israel?

"Listen, I think there are things that were true in 1981 and now they are not relevant. I feel that sometimes I represent the new Israeli - a mixed race, who knows both sides, who made an army in an elite unit with people that no one asked them where they came from. You travel Today, to the south, to Mitar or to the new neighborhoods in Be'er Sheva, and you see strong people there, who work in excellent jobs, who vote for the ruling party, and who feel that this country is theirs no less than the people in Ramat Hasharon. Today, those who are down there are immigrants from Sudan, Arabs in the south who are not connected to sewers, and immigrants from Ethiopia who come across in the racism of police officers. By the way, I really hope that with the poor education that some people in Medina receive - no math, no English - we do not raise a new generation of people, who will be water cleaners and street cleaners, and for whom the Israeli dream will turn into a nightmare. In any case, as a successful Mizrahi, I do not like the The fact that my Mizrahiness is being dismissed just because the argument that Mizrahims can't hold water here."

Hope we don't raise a new generation of street cleaners.

Rashef Levy (Photo: Reuven Castro)

Have you ever been in psychotherapy?

"I didn't go for psychological treatment. I don't intend to pay a person 450 NIS to listen to me talk.

In my world, people pay NIS 200 per couple to hear me speak."

Is there a gap between your image and who you are in reality?

"I don't think so.

I try to be real in interviews and performances.

I think the audience understood that the most important thing in my life is to be the best father I can to my children, that I'm funny at times but also able to cry, and that I'm a perfect, well-equipped lover who learned the ropes of the bed from Chinese goth books."

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There is an attempt to harm the rights of people in the country.

Rashef Levy (Photo: Reuven Castro)

In January 2004, following the "2003 Advertising Special" on Channel 10, Ra'anan Shaked wrote in "Yediot Ahronoth": "Rashef Levy is an excellent television writer. Witty. Sharp. A good guy, the type of writers that are lacking in the industry: funny and extreme. There is only one problem with him: Reshef Levy wants to be a talent. He wants to serve. He wants to be Adir Miller when he grows up. He doesn't have that."

Do such reviews hurt you?

"I didn't remember that Raanan Shaked wrote that. Thanks for reminding me. I wrote about him at the time that he was a brilliant and excellent journalist but that he had to change books. Listen, over the years I received the best reviews in the world and the worst reviews in the world. That's perfectly fine. And as for me The advertising special from 2003 was a terrible plan that really didn't succeed. And it's important that it happened because I learned a lot from it, and above all that I need to learn and understand all sides of this profession in order to succeed. So I'm glad it happened."

What do you regret?

"I watched the last season of 'Game of Thrones'. I don't accept it - Bran is not the rightful king of the Iron Throne and it doesn't matter what the creators thought for themselves."

You celebrated 50 March.

How do you summarize the first months in the new prefix?

And how much does age concern you?

the old woman?


"I still don't like the idea of ​​aging and death. On the other hand, I'm also not impressed with hair transplants in Turkey. They take hair from anywhere on the body including the buttocks and it doesn't connect. I had a friend who came back from a transplant and at the airport it looked like he was walking on his hands."

You said in the past that Tali's and your pregnancy binge was due to your great fear of death.

How much does it still exist in you?

"Seven children is wonderful. If we had more it would also be good, but you should always be happy with what you have. Especially since they are very valuable children. I am waiting for the first grandchild. I told the children that the first one to bring a child gets twenty thousand shekels. My little one started crying. He said that he has no chance because he is not fertile and that I will announce another competition. I think I will be an excellent grandfather."

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totally be

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I will be an excellent grandfather.

Rashef Levy (Photo: Reuven Castro)

They say that before death a person sees a movie with the Best Of moments of his life.

What has already passed the editing table and will surely appear in the movie about your life that you will see on judgment day?

"I'm always looking ahead. I think the next series will be my best thing - so I hope its first episode will be first in the Best Of of my life."

The legendary Patrick Stewart starred in your movie "Hunting Elephants" coming to Netflix soon.

The same Stewart appeared in one of the viral photos from the last few weeks in which he was photographed with Messi, and when he uploaded it he wrote "I met God tonight".

How many kidneys would you be willing to sell to take a picture with Messi?

"I really don't feel like taking a picture with him. On the other hand, I would be happy to sit down for a conversation with Woody Allen, Spielberg, Vess Anderson, Tarantino, and any of the great masters of film and television. Messi does my soul good when he plays. Beyond that, I'm not sure he's the kind of person The most verbal and interesting in the world. I would be happy to talk to Maradona,

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