Assaf Bernstein graduated Cum Laude from NYU Film school. His short films and documentaries have won numerous international awards .
The Debt (2007), a psychological thriller, is his feature film debut as writer/director. The critically acclaimed film was selected for numerous international festivals and is distributed in the U.S. by IFC FILMS. .
The Debt Remake (2011) A Miramax production . Assaf’s screenplay was adapted by Mathew Vaughn and stars Oscar winners Helen Mirren and Jessica Chastain as well as Sam
Worthington and Tom Wilkinson. It opened in the #2 slot at the U.S. Box Office in August 2011 and went on to gross more than $75M worldwide.
Alenby (2012) Assaf directed all 12 episodes of Alenby, a tense neo-noir TV series for Israel’s channel 10. Alenby was received with great local success. It was nominated for all 12 Israeli Academy Awards and is headed for a U.S. remake by TNT to be shot in Brazil.
Fauda (2015) Assaf was the director and showrunner for the ground breaking first season of Fauda (12 episodes) about undercover Israeli agents and their desperate and bloody hunt for Hamas fighters in the occupied territories for the broadcaster YES. Fauda is
It won the 2016 Israeli Academy Award for Best Series. Fauda has aired as a NETFLIX ORIGINAL in December 2016 and has become an international sensation and one of the service's most acclaimed hits. In 2020 it was chosen by the NY Times as one of the top ten international series of the decade.
LOOK AWAY (2018)
Assaf's US debut feature film, a psychological thriller starring India Eisley, Jason Isaacs and Mira Sorvino. It is distributed by Vertical Entertainment and Voltage films. It has currently showing in a limited release in the U.S. Europe and Latin America. In February 2019 it will screen on a prime time, Movie of the week slot on HBO.
Assaf directed and Executive produced the pilot episode of Cinemax' prestigious new period crime drama set in the Tong wars of San Fransisco of the 1870's, and based on the writing of Bruce Lee. The critically acclaimed show just wrapped its second season.