Sky Raiders (2019 film)
|Directed by||Lior Chefetz|
|Produced by||Avraham Pirchi|
|Written by||Lior Chefetz|
|Music by||Ariel A. Blumenthal|
|Edited by||Omer Zaitman|
|Distributed by||United King Films|
Sky Raiders (Hebrew: הרפתקה בשחקים Harpatka Bash'hakim) is a 2019 Israeli family film. The film was directed by Lior Chefetz and the story was co-written by Chefetz, Ian Dickinson and Joe Swanson inspired by Oded Marom's 1980 children's book Adventure in the Squadron. The film is about a misfit boy and girl who struggle to repair an antique plane just in time for the annual airshow.
13-year-old Yotam is passionate about aviation, but his overprotective mother won’t let him anywhere near planes, especially after he lost his father in a crash a few years ago. When Yotam and his classmate Noa find a rare Avia S-199 antique plane in a local junkyard, they decide to restore it with the help of Morris, a lonely old neighbor who used to be a pilot. In their journey to the sky, they must face Noa’s strict father, her envious brother, and their deepest fears – in order to bring the plane back to life just in time for the annual airshow.
- Amir Tessler as 13 year-old Yotam Peleg
- Hila Natanzon as 13 year-old Noa Harari
- Arie Tcherner as the veteran combat pilot Morris Cohen
- Riki Blich as Michal Peleg, Yotam's mother
- Nathan Ravitz as Ehud Harari, Noa's father
- Dor Harari as 17 year-old Ofer Harari, Noa's brother
- Uri Blufarb as 17 year-old Tzika, Ofer's best friend and sidekick
The film was shot in November 2017 on location at the Israeli Air Force Museum, Rishon Le'tzion municipal airstrip and in the village of Beit Hanan.
The aircraft used in Sky Raiders are:
- Avia S-199
- Piper PA-32
- Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk.IXe, The Black Spitfire. The personal mount of former Israeli Air Force Chief of Staff and president Ezer Weizman, it is used for ceremonial flying displays and based at the Israeli Air Force Museum in Hatzerim.
The film received positive reviews be Israeli critics upon it's release, and was picked up for world sales by Global Screen.
The film won the Children's Jury’s Prize for Best Live-Action Feature Film at the 2020 Chicago International Children's Film Festival 
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