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The trade in human flesh is a brutal business driven by an international network. In his [Promised Land], Amos Gitai delivers a tough portrayal of one woman's journey into the nightmare of Israel's white slave trade. ... The film opens with several women of Eastern European descent huddled with ... Read more
Purity (Tehora) Israel'some people call her film daring, others dangerous. Anat Zuria admits that her documentary about Jewish family purity is meant to provoke. But she sees greater peril in keeping quiet about a subject that shapes the lives of Orthodox Jewish women. Purity focuses on observance ... Read more
This immediate and painful drama focuses on two teenage Israeli girls grappling with self-esteem, desire and their unsteady alliance. Emotionally intricate acting and subtle direction combine to create an achmgly real experience. ... Read more
In the Judean desert, a young couple makes love beside a roadside memorial. In that exact spot only a year before, Palestinian workers kidnapped their Israeli employer and put him to trial, charged with the injustices of Zionism and crimes of occupation. --- D/S Nadav Lapid P Dana Rozen WS Sam ... Read more
Gil sees his father as a vampire, feeding off the energy and vitality of his family. Reluctantly agreeing to a desert family trip, he unleashes a terrifying sequence of events. This smartly executed study of father-son hatred and reconciliation won Best Short at the Jerusalem Film Festival. D/S ... Read more
Through a lyrical tracing of the evolution of Rubin's work, this film shows the land of Israel, its moods and its people. ... Read more
... ... Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Salaam Cinema is the Iran director/activist's typically offbeat tribute to a century of cinema. Such is the popularity of the cinema in Iran that a modest press ad for a film audition can result in a street riot! Looking ... Read more
A play-boy in a sports car picnics ... in the woods. Everything for the occasion is stored in the boot of the car. including the girl-bound and gagged. ... Read more
In the modern, democratic nation of Israel a woman cannot have her marriage annulled without her husband's consent. While husbands are able to live with other women, and even withhold child support, wives are forbidden to keep the company of other men. At times, these often well-educated and ... Read more
,p>A man (David Avidan) signs with a woman, representing the totality of the girls who people the film, a kind of anti-marriage contract. For his part, he is to father a child; she waives all claims on him, whether social, economic or emotional. The contract is for three months. ... The film ... Read more
An unhappy family go on a day trip to the desert. The car is stolen and they must confront not only the thieves but their own perceptions and disillusionment with themselves and each other. ... Read more
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Skin Deep is a beautifully told black comedy from Israel. After Shabatov gets a tattoo of a love heart with his girlfriend's name Malka across it, he pays her a surprise visit, and to his surprise - she's having sex with another man. Now he has two options, abandon his belief in eternal love or ... Read more
Slaves of the Lord, straight from Directors' Fortnight in Cannes this year, is the highly anticipated new work from the director of the short film Grief (Winner Grand Prix, MIFF 2001). Bresson-like in its conjuring of one girl's profound spiritual disorientation it is also, like Grief, a work of ... Read more
During a family quarrel between a sixty-odd year old woman and her husband, the wife comes to terms with the realities of old age. The film shows 36 hours of the quarrel, from its beginning to the reconciliation, seen through the eyes of the woman, and recording her thoughts. ... Read more
In a civil war in an unspecified country a tuba player tries to remain aloof from the conflict that surrounds him. The film is an allegory spoken in an invented language. It was nominated for an Academy Award and filmed in Israel by an international cast and crew. ... Read more
The first Israeli film selected to open the Jerusalem Film Festival, nominated for 12 gongs at last year's Israeli Academy Awards. Based on the best-selling novel by David Grossman, Someone to Run With careens through the streets of Jerusalem on the end of a labrador's leash. Two first-time actors ... Read more
Equal parts Midnight Cowboy (1969) and Johns (MIFF 1997), Nickolas Perry's debut is a sordid but ultimately uplifting tale of teen Las Vegas street hustlers. The pro­tagonists of Speedway Junky don't consider themselves gay prostitutes, more kids down on their luck who are only a big score away ... Read more
“I realised that the first Holocaust pictures I saw, as one who grew up here [in Israel], were of naked women.” - filmmaker Ari LibskerPocketbooks called ‘Stalags' - lurid novelettes of leather-clad SS women abusing prison camp detainees - were one of the few forms of pornography available in ... Read more
“Romeo and Juliet had Verona to contend with; Eyal and Rana have the entire globe.” - VarietyIsraeli Eyal and Palestinian Rana are two strangers who, in normal circumstances, would never meet. But a chance event sees their lives intertwine when, in Berlin for the World Cup finals, they ... Read more
While on holiday with his family, a man is reunited with somebody from his past. A complex drama about sexuality and fidelity. ... D/S Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon P Gal Greenspan, Roi Kurland WS GREENproductions L Hebrew w/English subtitles TD DCP/2012 ... Read more
A Palestinian man and his son visit their village for the first time since they were forced to leave twenty-five years ago for an archaeological dig. ... D/P Dani Rosenberg, Yoav Gross L Arabic, Hebrew w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2011 ... Read more
Walking home from the grocery store, a mother and daughter begin their journey from silence to understanding. Rony Sasson's artisticallydistinctive drama won the DAAD prize at the 2006 Berlinale.---D/P/S Rony Sasson WS Rony Sasson L Hebrew w/English subtitles TD16mm/col/2005/16 mins ... Read more
Walking home from the grocery store, a mother and daughter begin their journey from silence to understanding. Rony Sasson's artistically distinctive drama won the DAAD prize at the 2006 Berlinale.--- ... D/P/S Rony Sasson WS Rony Sasson L Hebrew w/English subtitles TD16mm/col/2005/16 mins ... Read more
It's Haifa, circa 1979. After another series of confrontations, Viviane's seven brothers try, once again, to mediate between her and her husband, Eliyahu. She must think of the children, they remind her. Her husband doesn't gamble, or beat her, does he' But reminders of social obligation are not ... Read more
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