Professional Cuddler

Mika Orr - 15'33"

 (United States)


Nadav, 29, is a young Israeli man who’s come to New York to pursue his dreams. 
By day, he plays the trumpet, and by night he works as a “Professional Cuddler” in order to finance his first album. He’s so successful at his night job, he stops renting an apartment of his own, and spends the winter nights in the homes of lonely women. 
The film follows the first meeting between Nadav and Netta, 32, an Israeli woman he met online and fell in love with. They’ve been having an internet affair for several months, and now she’s finally boarded a plane to New York. Will they be able to bridge the gap between the digital and physical worlds? 


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Director not to present this film for Public, the Jury can award the film through private screening.

Mika Orr is an Israeli film director based in Brooklyn. She started her career as a film director at the age of 15. Right after finishing her army service as a lead cinematographer for the Israel Air Force’s film unit, she started working in the industry as a documentary cinematographer. She was the Lead Cinematographer on award winning feature documentaries (“Chronicle of a kidnap”, “Stains”) and she has had numerous documentaries broadcast on Israeli National Television. In 2008 she established her own production company focused on documentaries and marketing videos for clients like Google Israel, Coca Cola, Yad Vashem, the European Union, and the Jerusalem municipality. In May 2017, she earned a master's degree with honors from School of Visual Arts in New York. This year she is releasing two fiction shorts she wrote and directed. Recently Mika was awarded funding from the Gesher film fund for her next fictional film to be shot in 2018 and her latest documentary project “AMiNORMAL” will be supported by a prestigious French governmental Film Fund.