Jerusalem Film Festival

Back in 1996, while lying in bed with his girlfriend, Ariel Semmel was abducted by extra-terrestrials. The incident jolted him into a journey around the world, to prove that ET’s are active on our planet. His incredible findings connect him to memories of his past, marked by 24 years of obsessive self-documentation. This footage turns into a wild, rollercoaster ride of a film, PARANO.
Ariel grew up in the overbearing shadow of a mother, who survived the Holocaust, and came of age in the nightclubs of Tel Aviv. A young motorcyclist, who became addicted to drugs, booze, and casual sex, he was also a successful director of television commercials, who abandoned his career to shoot PARANO.
As a partner and father, he watched his family life collapse all around him. Then, as he approached midlife, Ariel discovered that he was adopted, and that his father was a dangerous criminal. Yet, during all that time, he kept hearing voices in his head, leaving him no peace or quiet.

Director: Ariel Semmel

Producer: Ariel Semmel, Gidi Dar, Gil Basarav

Co Producer: Havakok 18



Production Company: Ariel Semmel films
Duration: 80 min.
Date of Release: 1 JULY 2019
Country of Production: Israel

Shooting Format: HD
Language: Hebrew, English
Subtitles: English

Festivals & Awards

  • JFF - Jerusalem Film Festival
    Best director


Biography, Creative Documentary, Drama Documentary