Popular Israeli singer Efrat Gosh is going international. Her song "Lir'ot Et Ha'or" (See the Light), a big hit from her second album "Hasliha Ve'ani" (The Forgiveness and Me), has been included in the soundtrack of "Hello Goodbye," a new film starring Gérard Depardieu and Fanny Ardant.
The song will be played during a scene in which Depardieu and Ardant are sitting in a romantic restaurant and find out that their son is about to be married.
The film, an Israeli-French co-production, follows the absorption difficulties of Alain (played by Depardieu) and Gisèle (played by Ardant), a wealthy French couple who immigrates to Israel after their son decides to marry a Catholic woman.
In Israel they slowly resort to desperation. Alain, who has had enough of bureaucracy, decides to return to France, while Gisèle stays and has an affair with a reform rabbi (played by Lior Ashkenazi).
The film will make its debut in the coming winter. Other members of its cast are Israeli actors Dana Ivgy, Sasson Gabai and Yamit Sol. Some of the scenes were shot in Israel last year.
"This is a pretty good window abroad, and the experience is extremely moving and delightful," says Gosh.
"We were approached by the film's producers through my MySpace page, and it was even more surprising compared to being approached on other channels. I was very surprised. I have so little faith that I tried to understand whether someone was playing a prank on us or whether this was real.
"I didn’t see the film, so I don’t know how suitable the song is, but 'See the Light' is a song many people connected to. When it comes to people who cannot speak Hebrew, this intensifies the achievement of its creators, Barak Feldman and Assaf Amdursky."
Gosh is currently working on her new album and continues to perform. "Ahead of my third album I am undergoing a fairly lengthy process of internal conflict," she says. "It's not just 'let's make another album.' I am thinking about the next thing I want to say and how I want to do it.
"At the moment we are at the beginning of finding our way. The third album should not resemble its two predecessors, and I am looking for a new line which will excite me. There is no need to say things I have already said."