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Pacifist Yoav Genar is doing all he can to prevent his son from enlisting in the Israeli army. In the 24 hours prior to the draft, an ideological and emotional confrontation evolves between father and son. --- D/S Naomi Levari P Talya Salama, Yoav Abramovitch WS Sam Speigel School of Cinema ... Read more
Ervinka is a smart young man with a healthy inclination towaids laziness — a sort of Tel Aviv Till Eulenspiegel. He and his friend, Joseph the peddlar, engage in a senes of adventures propelled by Ervinka's quick wit and talent for improvisation. They earn their keep through shady deals ... Read more
Yael and Natalie run away from their annual school excursion in search of adventure. Their runaway adventure eventuates as more than they had intended. How will they deal with guilt? What will they do now?- Prizes, Special Honorary Directing Mention, Israel Annual Short Film Competition ... Read more
Generation: The Sam Spiegel Film School 1993-2002 IsraelThe Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem has been producing award-winning short films since the start of the 1990s, and this year the Festival presents an overview of the finest work from this respected institution.Party Line (1993) A day in ... Read more
“Looking into the mirror can be a very frightening and frustrating experience, it is a constant love-hate relationship.” - filmmaker Yoav Shamir ... Drawing on his own experiences after completing compulsory military service, director Yoav Shamir (5 Days, MIFF 06) takes us deep inside a world ... Read more
"A smart, well written and deftly executed confrontation between a father and son who may be more alike than they would choose to believe." - Screen International ... Comedy meets bitter family drama in Joseph Cedar's (Beaufort, MIFF 2007) Footnote, a high-spirited skewering of academic pomposity ... Read more
Galia Holzmann was a student at Israel's Haifa University and commuted at weekends to stay with her boyfriend in Jerusalem. An ordinary, gentle student life until she developed an unexplainable rash. What happened then is the story of the film, told in her own words. It is a har­rowing, moving ... Read more
Nati, a sensitive 24 year old, decides to attend the wedding of his girlfriend Galia. His journey to her kibbutz is plagued with the psychological trauma of lost love and separation. ... Read more
Generation: The Sam Spiegel Film School 2003+ IsraelThe Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem has been producing award-winning short films since the start of the 1990s, and this year the Festival presents an overview of the finest work from this respected institution.Mother's Dance (Harikud Shel ... Read more
Yonah wishes to bury his son who has committed suicide, however for religious reasons he cannot. We follow Yonah throughout the day, as he dejectedly picks up passengers in his taxi. The night, however, holds a surprise. ... Read more
Hamsin is the hot desert wind that periodically blows through the countries of the Middle East, causing extreme temperatures and affecting the moods and tempers of the people. ... In an old farming village in the Galilee, the Birmann family, consisting of mother, son, and daughter, lives together ... Read more
Yemima's family believe that she is the reincarnation of her late grandmother. ... Read more
“Israeli society through the foreigner's eyes.” - co-director David Ofek A melting pot of nationalities simmer away in a Hebrew language ulpan, a classroom traditionally used to help newcomers adapt to the values of the Jewish state. They include a Catholic princess from Lima, a Chinese woman ... Read more
To one of the foothills dominating the approach to Jerusalem are to come four Israeli volunteers. Their leader has ordered them to defend this Hill 24 against the Arabs until morning when the cease-fire imposed by the United Nations commences. So they prepare to set out, the reasons for each of ... Read more
Three generations of a family are confined into an exiled space. Sealed in their living room they watch the bombing of Baghdad and their old home on the television. ... A subtle insight into differing concepts of home and family dynamics during the Gulf War. ... Read more
A rare insight into the mind and motivations of Hamas. In the run-up to last year's Palestinian election, Romanian-born filmmaker Shimon Dotan gained access to four Israeli high security prisons, which house - among other inmates - Palestinians serving multiple life sentences for their parts in ... Read more
A small party of archaeologists find Roman utensils, fragments of manuscripts in a cave used by Jewish insurgents fighting against the Roman army. ... Read more
Israel, 1965. As his country grows up without him, an uncertain boy teeters on the edge of manhood and tragedy. ... At 13 years old, Aharon (Roee Elsberg) doesn't want to grow up. Small for his age, berated at home and lost in an Israel itself only just beginning to find its feet, the prospect of ... Read more
Welcome Back Kotter meets La Haine in this fascinating fly-on-the-wall account of youth worker Tomer Heymann (also the filmmaker) and the gang (Hasrutim, in Hebrew), a teenage youth group from a housing estate in the town of Azur, near Tel Aviv. Shot over two years by Heymann, the film documents ... Read more
James' Journey to Jerusalem (Massa'ot James Be'eretz Hakodesh) Israel'a charmer' which turns an ironic mirror on a certain portion of contemporary Israeli society through the eyes of an ingenuous migrant worker. Befitting its childlike title, there's a fable-like quality to James' Journey to ... Read more
Winner of the Camera d'Or and the Young Critics' prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival. In this comic and often magical ensemble piece, four characters in Tel Aviv, touched by loneliness, are looking for some kind of connection, however tenuous. There is Batya who has little more than a leaky ... Read more
So, this is what Jerusalem looks like from a bread delivery push-cart? Some great steadi-cam work and editing propel us through this ancient city's back streets and market places; from the strange tranquility of the Wailing Wall to the dark narrow back streets. Captured (almost) are the smells ... Read more
An experimental film in which hand-painted illustrations have been set to music, ... Read more
Can one live a normal life as a lesbian if deeply rooted in the Orthodox or ultra-Orthodox Jewish community' The answer is no. The Holy Scripture forbids homosexuality. Lesbianism is unacceptable, non-negotiable and its likely consequence is excommunication. ... This profoundly moving film tells ... Read more
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