Filmmaker Spotlight:
‘Large Soldier’ filmmaker Noa Gusakov

Leading up to the 28th Washington Jewish Film Festival, we asked our filmmakers a few questions about their featured films.
In this edition, Director Noa Gusakov discusses Large Soldier.

What inspired you to tell the story of your subject or the story depicted in your film?

The film is an adaptation of a short story of my mom. It set in the 70’s but it’s still very relevant to our days. I think that the main subjects of the film – first love and the military role in the coming of age experience – are themes that I’m curious about and always eager to explore.


Still from ‘Large Soldier’

What was a particular obstacle you faced while making this film? 

The casting of the lead role was a very hard task because casting children is always an adventure. I was lucky enough to find the amazing Neta Roth, she was only 14 and a half years old while shooting the film and she is such a brilliant actress and a person!


What do you want audiences to walk away with after screening your film?

Sweet and sour memory of what is like to be a teenager. I hope that women will feel less lonely about all their love disappointments they had, and that men will learn how to communicate themselves better.



Director Noa Gusakov

What films or filmmakers have been the most influential to you?

Andrea Arnold, Noah Baumbach and The Cohen Brothers. I watched Diary Of A Teenage Girl during the pre-production to this film, and it made me feel really confident to tell a story of a young and dreamy teenage girl.


Why are Jewish-interest films important today?

There is something strong about being a world spread community, that eventually has the same values and relate to the same themes. It always makes me feel that my films find a home away from home.

Watch Large Soldier during the 28th Washington Jewish Film Festival.

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