• Amos Gitai – Kadosh (1999)

    1991-2000Amos GitaiDramaIsrael

    Set in the Mea Sherim quarter of Jerusalem, an enclave of the ultra-Orthodox, Kadosh explores a hermetic world almost never seen on the screen. Here, for ten years, the pious Rivka (Yael Abecassis) has devoted herself to her husband Meir (Yoram Hattab), but their marriage remains childless. Presumed barren, she is rejected by her community, which prizes children above all else.

    The story that follows relates the harrowing fate of Rivka, and also here beloved sister Malka (Meital Barda), in love with a young man who has fled the community to lead a secular life.Read More »

  • Ari Folman & Ori Sivan – Clara Hakedosha AKA Saint Clara (1996)

    1991-2000Ari FolmanDramaFantasyIsraelOri Sivan

    This sweet-natured if somewhat bizarre examination of teenage angst, Israeli-style, proves yet again what a dearth of original ideas seems to plague American cinema; watching this freewheeling, occasionally surreal, study of a young girl with Cassandra-like prophetic powers, is an example of wholly original filmmaking, for better or worse. If it is occasionally uneven in tone, it is just as bracingly refreshing in that you’ve probably never seen anything quite like it before.Read More »

  • Nina Menkes – Hitparkut aka Dissolution (2010)

    2001-2010ArthouseDramaIsraelNina Menkes

    Loosely inspired by Dostoevsky’s CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, ‘DISSOLUTION’ combines an almost surreal fairy-tale energy with brutal black and white realism to explore the condition of violence which permeates contemporary Israeli society. Shot in Jaffa-the predominantly Arab area of Tel Aviv- the movie follows the moral collapse and first glimmer of redemption of a young Israeli Jew, played brilliantly by non-actor, Didi Fire. This is a deeply personal work about one man’s inner journey, but can also be read as an allegory about Israel’s moral responsibility…as well as a portrayal of male violence towards a devalued feminine.Read More »

  • Nadav Lapid – The Star (2021)

    2021-2030IsraelNadav LapidShort Film

    In an anxious and isolated world, paralyzed by the fear of the pandemic, one woman is determined to get a kiss — lips touching lips — from the Star of her dreams.Read More »

  • Uri Zohar – Ha-Shehuna Shelanu AKA Fish, Football and Girls (1968)

    1961-1970ComedyDramaIsraelUri Zohar

    The story of a soccer team, respectable families, a corrupt night club owner, and a young lad to guide all to a happy ending.Read More »

  • Elinor Nechemya – If It Ain’t Broke (2021)

    2021-2030DramaElinor NechemyaIsraelShort Film

    Like lost girls on a winter’s day, Alona and Hagar ramble through the streets of Haifa. One is escaping her life, the other her future.Read More »

  • Gur Bentwich – Mashehu Totali AKA Total Love (2000)

    1991-2000AdventureGur BentwichIsraelRomance

    Three friends concoct the ultimate love drug, TLV, and fall in love with the same woman, Renana. Years later, Renana’s ex-lovers team up to rescue her from an Indian prison.Read More »

  • Michel Khleifi & Eyal Sivan – Route 181: Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel (2003)

    Documentary2001-2010BelgiumEyal SivanMichel KhleifiPolitics

    Route 181, Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel takes a fresh look at the inhabitants of Palestine-Israel. For two months in the summer of 2002, two film-makers, the Israeli Eyal Sivan and the Palestinian Michel Khleifi, travelled together through Palestine-Israel from north to south, tracing a map of routes they called Route 181, following the imaginary frontier of Resolution 181 adopted by the United Nations on 29 November 1947, which provided for the partition of Palestine into two states, one Jewish and the other Arab. Fifty-five years later Eyal Sivan and Michel Khleifi give men and women, Israelis and Palestinians, young and old, civilians and military, anonymous people living their everyday lives, a chance to talk about those lives, their experiences, their situation, their particular memory and their personal understanding of what is going on around them. All of them, found by chance in the course of Sivan and Khleifi’s journey, have their own way of looking at the frontiers that separate them from their neighbours: concrete, barbed wire, cynicism, indifference, mistrust, aggression.
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  • Yaron Shani – Love Trilogy: Reborn (2019)

    Yaron Shani2011-2020DramaIsrael

    Avigail had a baby too young and has been raising her alone. Now the teenage daughter is exploding with anger and defiance. When Avigail is remarried, the daughter doesn’t accept the new father and the house turns into a war zone. Things become even more complicated when Avigail is unable to fulfill her husband’s dream of becoming a father to his own child. Just when Avigail is about to collapse, she finds comfort in the hands of Yael, an expert in pregnancy and childcare. Yael, an abandoned child, had managed to build herself a persona of a spiritual guru of motherhood, only to run away from her grave fear of becoming a mother herself. Her troubled sister Na’ama is there to remind her the truth she has been running away from. Na’ama is a walking volcano. She is a bright and highly devoted daughter to her demented father by day and a desperate hunter of men at night. Yet, there is hope through connections. These women can help each other to change, break the cage of their self-destruction and be reborn.Read More »

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