Tag Archives: Hebrew

Hadar Friedlich – Emek Tiferet AKA Beautiful Valley (2011)

The world of Hanna Mendelssohn, an 80 year old widow, disintegrates as the Kibbutz which she helped to found undergoes privatization. Read More »

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

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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Tsivia Barkai – Para Aduma AKA Red Cow (2018)

Red Cow is a coming-of-age film that takes place in the days leading up to the assassination of Rabin and depicts the life of Benny, 16, orphaned from mother at birth and the only child of Joshua – a religious, right-wing extremist, in those critical junctures when she is forming her sexual, religious and political awareness. Read More »

Oded Binnun & Mihal Brezis – Aya (2012)

Two strangers unexpectedly meet at an airport. He mistakenly assumes her to be his assigned driver.
She, enchanted by the random encounter, does not hurry to prove him wrong. Read More »

Nir Bergman – Here We Are (2020)

Aharon has devoted his life to raising his son Uri. They live together in a gentle routine, away from the real world. But Uri is autistic, and now as a young adult it might be time for him to live in a specialized home. While on their way to the institution, Aharon decides to run away with his son and hits the road, knowing that Uri is not ready for this separation. Or is it, in fact, his father who is not ready? Read More »

Yasmine Novak – Zohar (2007)

16-year-old Zohar lives with her younger sister and single mother Debbie, in a poor neighbourhood in Tel Aviv. When a teenage boy comes calling on her at home, tomboy Zohar must deal with first signs of womanhood. Read More »

Elad Keidan – Himnon AKA Anthem (2008)

Review from Cinemascopian.com:
Elad Keidan’s “Himnon” (Anthem), a droll 36 minute observation on a day in the life of a man from Jerusalem who goes out to buy milk and comes back hours later with his life turned around from the bleak into the hopeful, captivated the hearts of the Cinefondation jury Hou Hsiao Hsian, who presided over the jury , must’ve found the film right up his alley: with long takes and extreme long shots it is indeed almost Taiwanese in style. But the quirky storyline and the abundance of heart and belief emanating from the movie may remind viewers of “The Band’s Visit”, last year’s Cannes darling, also made in Israel. This is the first time an Israeli film wins the Cinefondation. But 2nd and 3rd prizes were won four times previously, so this is the fifth prize for an Israeli filmmaker in the competition’s 10 years existence. (This is also the first time a movie from Jerusalem’s Sam Spiegel Film School wins there after all previous Israeli winners were made at The Tel Aviv University Film School.) Read More »