Mor Loushy – Censored Voices (2015)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

The 1967 ‘Six-Day’ war ended with Israel’s decisive victory; conquering Jerusalem, Gaza, Sinai and the West Bank. It is a war portrayed, to this day, as a righteous undertaking – a radiant emblem of Jewish pride. One week after the war, a group of young kibbutzniks, led by renowned author Amos Oz, recorded intimate conversations with soldiers returning from the battlefield. The recording revealed an honest look at the moment Israel turned from David to Goliath. The Israeli army censored the recordings, allowing the kibbutzniks to publish only a fragment of the conversations. ‘Censored Voices’ reveals the original recordings for the first time. Continue reading

Dan Wolman – Floch (1972)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

From imdb: I believe Hanoch Levin is Israel’s only great playwright. He’s best known for stark, stylized black humor about petty people who are unaware of their own pettiness. It’s a little as if Samuel Beckett were writing about Ralph Kramden. I’ve never seen a good translation of his work. The best representation on film is _Floch_. While not exactly sugar-coated, it’s a mite more pleasant than many of his stage plays. Continue reading

Tal Granit & Sharon Maymon – Mita Tova (2014)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

THE FAREWELL PARTY is a compassionate dark comedy about friendship and knowing when to say goodbye. A group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home build a machine for self-euthanasia in order to help their terminally ill friend. When rumors of the machine begin to spread, more and more people ask for their help, and the friends are faced with an emotional dilemma Continue reading

Savi Gavison – Ha-Asonot Shel Nina aka Nina’s Tragedies (2003)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

On the day of his father’s funeral, the curious and meddlesome adolescent Nadav (Aviv Elkabeth) peeps in through the window of the funeral home where the rabbi is making last minute preparations for the burial, a task that involves calling an unreliable, impatient repairman during a torrential rain in order to fix a chronically squeaky gurney wheel. Ordering the technician to remain throughout the services in an attempt to ensure the soundness of his repair work, the somber proceeds from the idiosyncratic point of view of the erratic wheel as it precariously wobbles out of stability and back into its familiar, irritating din. The seemingly surreal, deceptively lyrical opening sequence provides an elegantly conceived framework for filmmaker Savi Gabizon’s elegantly modulated tragicomedy. Continue reading

Avishai Sivan – Ha’Meshotet aka The Wanderer (2010)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

Isaac, a young yeshiva student, an only child to born-again orthodox parents. Trapped in a dysfunctional family and a failing body, Isaac finds refuge in wandering. Tormented by his newfound infertility, Isaac looks for answers in his father’s dubious past. Wandering through the backstreets of the city, he seeks deliverance. Continue reading

Menahem Golan – Mivtsa Yonatan aka Entebbe: Operation Thunderbolt (1977)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

Plot Outline :
In July 1976, an Air France flight from Tel-Aviv to Paris via Athens was hijacked and forced to land in Entebbe, Uganda. The Jewish passengers were separated and held hostage in demand to release many terrorists held in Israeli prisons. After much debate, the Israeli government sent an elite commando unit to raid the airfield and release the hostages. The film is based on the true facts and follows the events since the flight’s takeoff and until the hostages’ return to Israel. Continue reading

Hilla Medalia – The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films (2014)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

The Inside Story of Cannon Films is a documentary about two Israeli-born cousins, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, who in pursuit of the American Dream turned the Hollywood power structure upside down, producing over 300 films and becoming the most powerful independent film company in the world. Up close and personal, the film examines the complex relationship between two contradictory personalities whose combined force fueled their success and eventual collapse.
Continue reading