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32nd ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL IN LOS ANGELES,

By Adrienne Papp

The 32nd ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL IN LOS ANGELES, 

TAKING PLACE NOVEMBER 6 – 20,

ANNOUNCES OVER 40 NEW AND AWARD-WINNING TITLES

INCLUDES GRIPPING DRAMAS, INTIMATE DOCUMENTARY PORTRAITS, POPULAR ISRAELI TV PROGRAMMING 

INAUGURAL LAUNCH OF CO-PRESENTATION OF SELECT FILMS WITH THE SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER

MORE THAN TWO DOZEN LEADING ISRAELI FILMMAKERS/TALENT IN ATTENDANCE

The 32nd Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles, the largest showcase of Israeli cinema in the United States, will present from November 6th – 20th over 40 Israeli narrative films, documentaries, short films and television series as well as in-person appearances from more than 25 of today’s leading Israeli filmmakers and talent.  Along with hosting U.S. and west coast premiere showings, the Festival programming will include filmmaker tributes, its first ever co-presentation with the Skirball Cultural Center as well as select films reflective of both Jewish and Israeli living, the #MeToo Movement, the hip hop music scene, portraits of influential cultural leaders and sexual identity, announced Israel Film Festival Founder/Executive Director Meir Fenigstein.

Festival screenings will show at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills.

Additionally, for the first time, The Israel Film Festival at the Skirball is being introduced, taking place November 13th at the Skirball Cultural Center, which is dedicated to exploring Jewish culture. Among the offerings are special screenings of episodes of the award-winning Israeli television series The New Black, about four hip yeshiva students grappling with who they are and what they dream of becoming and the documentary Kishon about writer Ephraim Kishon who sold millions of books yet never wrote his own biography. At the age of 70 he invited journalist Yaron London to assist him using animation to bring back to life his persona and reenact intimate interviews, rare footage and home movies.  Select showings will be followed with Q&As with their creative teams.

“I’m very proud and excited that the Israel Festival can showcase to Los Angeles audiences the work of great Israeli filmmakers,” said Fenigstein.  “This year’s film slate mirrors and gives voice to many of the important, thought-provoking topics of today’s society in Israel from the principals of Orthodox Jews in the modern world and women’s rights to family values and the LGBTQ community.  There is truly something for everybody of all ages to see.”

Among this year’s Festival highlights are:

  • Redemption, the Audience Award winner at the 2018 Jerusalem Film Festival, the story about unconditional parental love, the strength of male friendship and the importance of inner integrity
  • The Dive, the semi-autobiographical debut film from writer-director and actor Yona Rozenkier about the macho imperative that questions loyalty to one’s family, country and gender (2018 Jerusalem International Film Festival – Winner: Best Israeli Film, Best Debut Film, Best Actor, Best Cinematography)
  • Working Woman, the timely and devastating #MeToo story expertly told by long time feminist filmmaker Michal Aviad, about a young woman, mother and wife struggling with sexual harassment in the workplace
  • Here and Now, a hip-hop musical drama which was the winner of the Ophir Award for Best Original Music
  • Rescue Bus 300, the intense and gripping true story docu-drama based on the 1984 hijacking of bus line 300 while on its way from Tel Aviv to Ashkelon
  • Broken Mirrors, a story about a family fraught with serious problems that only unravel with self-truths and confessions
  • The Cakemaker, which debuted in the Festival last year and will have encore showings as Israel’s official submission for Best Foreign Film for this year’s Academy Awards.

Notable documentaries at the Festival include:

  • Black Honey, The Life and Poetry of Avraham Sutzkever, the incredible story of the greatest Yiddish poet of modern times who led the Paper Brigade underground movement that saved Jewish manuscripts from the Nazis.  On November 13th the film will screen as the Festival’s Centerpiece as part of The Israel Film Festival at the Skirball.  The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and award presentation honoring director Uri Barbash with the 2018 IFF Artistic Achievement Award.
  • Family in Transition which is reflective of many within the LGBTQ community as the film follows a family from the moment the father suddenly decides to share his secret desire to become a woman.

In celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary, the Festival will pay tribute to renowned late Israeli filmmakers and their classic Israeli films.  This includes:

  • director Avraham  Heffner and his film Aunt Clara (special guest:  producer Rudy Cohen)
  • producer Zvi Shpilman and his film One of Us (special guests: director Uri Barbash and actor Alon Abutbul)
  • producer Leon Edery and his film Turn Left at the End of the World (special guest: director Avi Nesher)
  • director Assi Dayan and his film Halfon Hill Doesn’t Answer
  • director Moshe  Mizrahi and producer Menahem Golan and their film I Love You Rosa (special guest: cinematographer Adam Greenberg)
  • director Rafi Bukai and his film Avanti Popolo

Over 25 Israeli filmmakers and actors will attend this year’s Festival, accompanying their films and participating in Q & A sessions, including:

  • Rudy Cohen, Producer – Aunt Clara
  • Uri Barbash, Director – Black Honey, The Life and Poetry of Avraham Sutskever/ One of Us
  • Ronit Reichman, Producer – Broken Mirrors
  • Guri Alfi, Actor – Echo
  • Ofir Trainin, Director – Family in Transition
  • Roman Shumunov, Director – Here & Now
  • Vlad Dubinskiy, Actor – Here & Now
  • Itai Tamir, Producer – Here & Now/Red Cow/The Cakemaker
  • Marco Carmel, Director – Noble Savage
  • Shay Eines, Producer – Noble Savage
  • Shraga Bar, Producer – Noble Savage
  • Alon Aboutboul, Actor – Noble Savage, One of Us
  • Shira Haas, Actress – Noble Savage/Broken Mirrors/The Conductor
  • Dana Idisis, Creator & Writer – On the Spectrum
  • Yuval Shafferman, Director & Creator – On the Spectrum
  • Nati Dinnar, Producer – Rescue Bus 300
  • Rotem Shamir, Director- Rescue Bus 300
  • Ofer Naim, Producer – Shooting Life
  • Noa Astanjelove, Actress – Shooting Life
  • Ofir Raul Graizer, Director – The Cakemaker
  • Lior Ashkenazi, Actor – The Conductor
  • Yona Rozenkier, Director/Actor – The Dive
  • Mor Loushy, Director – The Oslo Diaries
  • Daniel Sivan, Director -The Oslo Diaries
  • Avi Nesher, Director – The Other Story
  • Yariv Mozer, Director – To Err is Human
  • Adam Greenberg, Cinematographer – I Love You Rosa
  • Ehud Bleiberg, Producer – Foreign Land

As previously announced, multi-Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning producer Jason Blum, founder of Blumhouse Productions, and award-winning Israeli director/screenwriter Avi Nesher, director of the opening night film The Other Story, will be honored with the 2018 IFF Achievement in Film and TV Award and the 2018 IFF Cinematic Achievement Award, respectively. The Opening Night Gala on November 6th will take place at the Steve Tisch Cinema Center at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.  VIP Opening Night Tickets $150, Regular Tickets $50

PROGRAMMING

FEATURE FILMS

 

 

THE OTHER STORY |  ????? ???     

32nd IFF Opening Night Gala

Dir: Avi Nesher

West Coast Premiere

Family disputes and conspiracies take center stage in this acclaimed drama, which even-handedly explores the divide between Israel’s secular Jews and the ultra-Orthodox from director Avi Nesher (The Matchmaker). Sasson Gabai (The Band’s Visit) plays a renowned psychologist and rationalist who falls out with his strong-willed granddaughter when she enters a Haredi community and plans to marry a musician previously known for his wild ways. | 2018, 112 Min

2018 Official Selection of the Toronto and Chicago International Film Festivals 

2018 Opening Film – Haifa International Film Festival 

Special Guest – Director: Avi Nesher 

 

THE CAKEMAKER | ????? ??????   

Dir: Ofir Raul Graizer

Thomas, a young and talented German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who dies in a car crash. Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking answers. Keeping his secret for himself, he starts working for Anat, his lover’s widow, who owns a small café. Although not fully kosher and despised by the religious, his delicious cakes turn the place into a city attraction. Finding himself involved in Anat’s life in a way far beyond his anticipation, Thomas will stretch his lie to a point of no return. | 2017, 104 Min

Israel’s entry to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign-language Film 2019

2018 Israeli Academy Ophir Award Winner – Best Film, Best Director, Best Script, Best Actress

2017 Jerusalem Film Festival Winner – Best Editing

2017 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Winner – Award of Ecumenical Jury

Special Guest – Director: Ofir Raul Graizer, Producer: Itai Tamir 

 

THE UNORTHODOX | ????? ??????   

Dir: Eliran Malka

When Yakov Cohen’s daughter is expelled from school for ethnic reasons, he decides to fight back. It’s 1983 and Yakov, a printer in Jerusalem, is just a regular guy. He has no knowledge, no money, no connections and no political experience. Yakov brings two friends along and together they start the first ethnic political group in Jerusalem. | 2018, 92 Min

2018 Opening Film – Jerusalem Film Festival 

 

THE DIVE | ??????     

Dir: Yona Rozenkier

Before going to war, three brothers reunite for one weekend to bury their father in their native kibbutz on the border with Lebanon. As war rages all around them, the two older brothers begin the same violent ritual training that was initiated by their late father, in order to prepare the youngest for his first war. | 2018, 87 Min

2018 Jerusalem International Film Festival – Winner: Best Israeli Film, Best Debut Film, Best Actor, Best Cinematography

2018 Locarno Film Festival Award Winner – Swiss Critics Boccalino Award

2018 Toronto International Film Festival – Official Selection

Special Guest – Director: Yona Rozenkier 

 

REDEMPTION | ?????

Dir: Yossi Madmony, Boaz Yehonatan Yacov

U.S. Premiere

Menachem, a former frontman for a rock band, is now religious, and a father to a six-year-old. When his daughter is diagnosed with cancer, he must find a creative solution to fund the expensive treatments. He reunites his band for one last tour. | 2018, 104 Min

2018 Karlovy Vary Film Festival Winner – Best Actor 

2018 Jerusalem International Film Festival Winner – Audience Favorite Award

 

RED COW | ??? ?????   

Dir: Tsivia Barkai-Yacov

L.A. Premiere

This coming-of-age story takes place in a settlement in East Jerusalem and follows Benny, 17, motherless since birth, and the only daughter of Joshua, a ‘Temple loyalist’, on her departure from her extremist father, a journey that will shape her   own religious, political and sexual consciousness. | 2018, 91 Min

2018 Jerusalem International Film Festival Winner – Best Israeli Film, Best Debut Film, Best Actress            

2018 Berlinale Generation Competition

Special Guest – Producer: Itai Tamir 

 

NOBLE SAVAGE | ??? ????       

Dir: Marco Carmel

U.S. Premiere

A cinematic adaptation of Dudu Busi’s novel of the same name. A story of a troubled teen that lives in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Israel with his two junkie parents. Growing pains of first love, teen angst and high school life all come together in the teen’s attempt to fight and win on all fronts. | 2018, 94 Min

2018 Israeli Academy Ophir Award Winner – Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress

2018 Haifa International Film Festival Winner – Best Actor

Special Guest – Director: Marco Carmel, Actress: Shira Haas, Actor: Alon Aboutboul, Producer: Shai Eines, Shraga Bar

 

SHOELACES |??????   

Dir: Jacob Goldwasser

West Coast Premiere

“Shoelaces” tells the story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs son, whom he abandoned while still a young boy. Reuben’s kidneys are failing, and his son Gadi wants to donate one of his own kidneys to help save his father’s life. | 2018, 90 Min

2018 Israeli Academy Ophir Awards Winner – Best Supporting Actor

 

WORKING WOMAN | ??? ?????   

Dir: Michal Aviad

L.A. Premiere

Life at work becomes unbearable for Orna. Her boss appreciates and promotes her, while making inappropriate advances. Her husband struggles to keep his new restaurant afloat, and Orna becomes the main breadwinner for their three children. | 2018, 93 Min

2018 Toronto International Film Festival – Official Selection 

 

VIRGINS | ??? ?????? ??????   

Dir: Keren Ben Rafael

West Coast Premiere

The rumor of a mermaid sighting brings unexpected attention to the gloomy town of Kiryat Yam. A rebellious adolescent, her moody mother, and her cousin will do anything to grasp at this opportunity to change their lives.| 2018, 90 Min

2018 Tribeca Film Festival Winner – Best Actress 

Special Guest – Producer: Ofer Naim 

 

BROKEN MIRRORS | ????? ??????   

Dir: Aviad Givon, Imri Matalon

U.S. Premiere

Shadowed by a strict, military father who inflicts severe methods of punishment as a form of discipline, seventeen-year old Ariella commits a grave error that her father isn’t willing to punish her for. Seeking a punishment of her own, Ariella embarks on a dark quest where she will discover a secret to her father’s past that   will lead them to confront one another. | 2018, 104 Min

2018 Montreal World Film Festival – First Fiction Films Competition, 2018 Rome Film Festival 

Special Guest – Actress: Shira Haas, Producer: Ronit Reichman

 

ECHO | ??   

Dir: Amikam Kovner, Assaf Snir

West Coast Premiere

Avner suspects his wife Ella is having an affair. He begins to secretly record her telephone conversations and listens to them repeatedly. He realizes the woman he’s listening to is a complete stranger. He tries to understand her, to decode their relationship, but the more he discovers, the less he understands. | 2018, 98 Min

2018 Chicago International Film Festival – Official Selection

Special Guest – Actor: Guri Alfi 

 

HERE AND NOW | ??? ?????? 

Dir: Roman Shumunov

West Coast Premiere

A social drama told through the eyes of Andrey, a young immigrant living with his little sister in the slums of the city of Ashdod and struggling to assimilate into Israeli society, who forms a hip-hop band with his three best friends. | 2018, 87 Min

2018 Israeli Academy Ophir Award Winner – Best Original Music

Special Guest – Director: Roman Shumunov, Actor: Vlad Dubinskiy, Producer: Itai Tamir 

 

FRACTURES | ?????   

Dir: Arik Lubeztky

West Coast Premiere

Oded, a renowned professor and scientific researcher, is on his way to receive a prestigious award when he gets a call from the police, asking him to stop by to answer a few questions. He discovers that an undergraduate student of his has placed charges of sexual coercion against him, and his world crumbles. |2017, 83 Min

 

SHOOTING LIFE| ??????? ?? ???? 

Dir: David Kreiner

U.S. Premiere

A film teacher comes to teach in high school in Sderot. The encounter with the students changes their lives and gives them hope, which is shattered with preparations for a military operation against Gaza. | 2018, 84 Min

Special Guest – Actress: Noa Astanjelove, Producer: Ofer Naim 

 

OUTDOORS | ??? ?????

Dir: Asaf Saban

West Coast Premiere

Gili and Yaara decide to leave the city for a fresh start, building a house in the countryside of the Galilee. But while their dream house is being built, the foundations of their relationship slowly collapse. | 2017, 80 Min

2017 Haifa Film Festival Winner – Best Screenplay

 

DOUBTFUL | ?????? ????   

Dir: Eliran Elya

L.A. Premiere

As part of his community service, an emotionally scarred screenwriter goes to a small town to mentor juvenile delinquents, where he discovers a talent for encouraging his students to express themselves through filmmaking. | 2017, 88 Min

2017 Jerusalem International Film Festival Winner – Best Debut Film, Best Cinematography

2017 Israeli Academy Ophir Award Winner Winner – Best Casting

 

RESCUE BUS 300 | ????? ?? 300   

Dir: Rotem Shamir

West Coast Premiere

From Fauda director – Ten years before the release of the screen hit Speed starring Keanu Reeves, a similar event took place in Israel. Four armed terrorists took over a bus traveling on route 300 from Tel Aviv to Ashdod and led its passengers—innocent civilians—to the refugee camps in Gaza, and from there to doom. | 2018, 75 Min

Special Guest – Director: Rotem Shamir, Producer: Nati Dinnar 

 

 

 

DOCUMENTARY FILMS 

FAMILY IN TRANSITION |  ????? ?????

Dir: Ofir Trainin

West Coast Premiere

The film follows a family from Nahariya (a couple and four children) from the moment the father (Amit) suddenly decides to share his secret desire to become a woman.| 2018, 65 Min

2018 Doc Aviv Winner – Best Film

Special Guest – Director: Ofir Trainin 

 

BLACK HONEY, THE LIFE AND POETRY OF AVRAHAM SUTSKEVER |  ??? ????, ???? ???? ?? ????? ??????

Dir: Uri Barbash

U.S. Premiere – Director’s Presentation

Discover the incredible story of Avraham Sutskever. Considered one of the greatest Yiddish poets, Sutskever saved Jewish manuscripts from being destroyed by the Nazis, survived World War II on a special rescue plane ordered by Stalin, testified in the Nuremberg trials, and then died anonymously in Tel Aviv. Director Uri Barbash honors Sutskever’s legacy in this compelling portrait. | 2018, 76 Min

Special Guest – Director: Uri Barbash 

 

 

FOREIGN LAND | ??? ???

Dir: Shlomi Eldar

L.A. Premiere

Gassan Abbas and Shlomi Eldar were both at a crossroads. Abbas was once an Israeli sit-com star, while Eldar was an Arab Affairs correspondent for the national news. Things changed: Abbas, a Palestinian, is no longer getting roles, while Eldar’s reportage is ushered to the margins of the daily news. Where does life take these men now? | 2017, 74 Min

2018 Israeli Academy Ophir Award Winner – Best Documentary

2017 Haifa International Film Festival Winner – Best Documentary

Special Guest – Producer: Ehud Bleiberg

 

A LAND WITHOUT BORDERS | ???? ???? ?????     

Dir: Michael Alalu

L.A. Premiere

Nir Baram begins to lose faith in the possibility of a two-state solution, deciding to travel throughout the West Bank to speak with the local populations on both sides of the conflict. He learns that in crucial substantive ways, the two groups don’t start from a common foundation. So how can they even participate in the same conversation? | 2017, 62 Min

2018  Israeli Academy Ophir Award Winner – Best Documentary under 70 min

 

THE OSLO DIARIES | ????? ?????

Dir:  Mor Loushy, Daniel Sivan

L.A. Premiere

  1. Israeli-Palestinian relations are at all all-time low. To stop the bloodshed, a small group of Israelis & Palestinians meet in Oslo – secretly and against the law. The meetings that changed the Middle East forever were never officially sanctioned and were chronicled only by the negotiators’ diaries. | 2018, 97 Min

2018 Sundance Film Festival – Official Selection

2018 Jerusalem International Film Festival Winner – Best Screenplay Documentary Film

Special Guest – Director: Mor Loushy, Daniel Sivan 

 

 

IN HER FOOTSTEPS | ??????

Dir: Rana Abu-Fraiha

West Coast Premiere

A Bedouin family faces the crucial decision of their mother- raising them in a Jewish community. Her death is approaching. She makes an extraordinary decision, to be buried in the town’s Jewish cemetery. Her wish takes the whole family on an emotional and dramatic journey. | 2017, 70 Min

2017 Jerusalem International Film Festival Winner – Best Director

 

KISHON | ????? 

Dir: Eliav Lilti

L.A. Premiere

At the age of seventy, famed Israeli satirist, Oscar-nominated director, and Holocaust survivor Ephraim Kishon asked journalist Yaron London to help tell his life story. In this intimate documentary, director Eliav Lilti brings their conversations to life through animation, archival footage, and interviews with Kishon’s family and friends. | 2018, 87 Min

 

MOSSAD: IMPERFECT SPIES |  ????? – ????? ?????

Dir: Duki Dror

L.A. Premiere

For years the Mossad, Israel’s legendary foreign intelligence agency, has been sealed off from the media. Now, for the first time since its founding, a dozen of Mossad’s former spies give us a first-hand recount of their inner work and their moral dilemmas. | 2018, 90 Min

 

THE ASSASSINATION |  ????     

Dir: Avi Weissblei

U.S. Premiere

On Friday, June 16, 1933, while walking with his wife, Sima, on the beach in Tel Aviv, Chaim Arlosoroff—a promising leader and a rising star in the Zionist movement—was shot dead at the age of 34 by two unknown assailants. The assassins quickly fled through the side streets of the city, taking with them the answer to a question that remains unresolved to this day: who killed Arlosoroff? | 2018, 84 Min

 

THE MUSEUM | ????????

Dir: Ran Tal

L.A. Premiere

“The Museum” is a film that seeks to explore the Israeli soul through the galleries, storerooms and visitors of the Israel Museum. The endless sense of sacrifice which is such a powerful part of the Israeli and Jewish experience are reflected in the museum’s daily existence. | 2017, 74 Min

 

TO ERR IS HUMAN | ????? ?? ?????

Dir: Yariv Mozer

U.S. Premiere

As of 2016, medical error is the leading cause of death. To Err Is Human reveals for the first time the human aspect – the weaknesses and fears – hidden behind the white coat. | 2018, 52 Min

Special Guest – Director: Yariv Mozer 

 

THE SYRIAN PATIENT | ????? ????? 

Dir: Racheli Schwartz

West Coast Premiere

Reality surpasses imagination in this documentary that gives a look at the wounded Syrians and the Israeli doctors at a hospital in Israel, where enemies connect—a ray of optimistic light in a harsh reality. | 2017, 55 Min

 

TOUCHING THE SKY | ???????

Creator: Ilanit Baumann, Enav Shenhar, Idan Shavit, Tamar Tal-Anati

Network: YES

West Coast Premiere

With the issue of gender still a major topic for cadets, officers and within society at large, we follow the young women who made it to the IAF’s most exclusive program, during the intense first six months. From their first day at the academy through the ruthless cuts. | 2018

 

 

TELEVISION SERIES  

 

ON THE SPECTRUM | ?? ????????

Creator: Dana Idisis, Yuval Shafferman

Network: YES

West Coast Premiere

Three mid-late twenty-year-old roommates, all on the autistic spectrum, share a sheltered apartment, learning to cope with the world around them. “On the Spectrum” allows glimpses into the intricate lives of young autistic adults and offers their unique view and interpretation of day-to-day life. | 2018

2018 Séries Mania Festival Winner – Grand Jury Prize

Special Guest – Creators: Dana Idisis, Yuval Shafferman 

 

THE NEW BLACK | ??????????

Creator: Eliran Malka

Network: HOT

West Coast Premiere

In Eliran Malka’s “funny, whimsical, and cutting” series (Tablet), Meir, Avinoam, Gedaliah and Dov are students at the most prestigious Orthodox yeshiva-but they lost interest in their studies long ago. While everyone around them thinks they are still diligent students, the four young men have a new agenda: “The New Black.”| 2017

2018 Seoul Drama Awards Winner – Top Excellence Award for Comedy

 

THE CONDUCTOR | ?????

Creator: Ori Elon

Network: YES

Special Screening – Sneak Preview

When a world-renowned conductor loses his most precious gift, he escapes back to his hometown, where his musical talents are utilized in a different way than he could ever imagine. | 2018

Special Guest – Actor: Lior Ashkenazi, Actress: Shira Haas

 

 

SHORTS

 

KILOMETER 147 | ??????? 147

Director: Boaz Frankel

World Premiere

A camel’s body lies in the middle of a desert road, exactly on the 147th kilometer, on the border between two settlements. None of them agrees to take responsibility for it. | 2018, 19 min

2018  Israeli Academy Ophir Award Winner – Best Short Feature

 

TZEVA ADOM: COLOR RED| ??? ????

Director: Michael Horwitz

Ronit is an IDF soldier involved in a clash with two Arab children on one of the most hotly contested borders in the world. After one of the children films the tense meeting on a smartphone, a third party uploads the video footage to the Internet in an edited fashion which blurs fact and fiction. Both sides seek to learn the truth while the tense situation on the Gaza border escalates affecting both families. | 2017, 20 min

2018  Israeli Academy Ophir Award Winner – Best Short Feature

Special Guest – Director: Michael Horwitz, Actress: Shani Atias

 

TRIBUTE FILMS

 

TURN LEFT AT THE END OF THE WORLD | ??? ????? ?????

Director: Avi Nesher

Tribute to Late Producer Leon Edery

Two immigrant families – one from Morocco and the other from India – become neighbors. They share nothing but a dream and as they are forced to live together, the two communities attempt to build a sense of identity. When the sultry Moroccan Nicol and the heady Indian Sara become friends, their youth and desire for freedom help them overcome prejudices. In this isolated place, the road to harmony twists joyfully with many surprises.|2004, 110 Min

Special Guest – Director: Avi Nesher

 

AUNT CLARA| ???? ????

Director: Avraham Heffner

Tribute to Late Director Avraham Heffner

In this family comedy, an Israeli girl is overwhelmed by the kind attentiveness of her mother and two aunts. The most powerful figure in this triumvirate is her Aunt Clara. When it becomes clear that she loves someone the aunts don’t approve of, they conspire to send her to stay with her uncle in England. When she returns to Israel, she declares that she still loves her “unacceptable” boyfriend, and she finds a way to make marrying him possible. |1977, 94 Min

Special Guest – Producer: Rudy Cohen, Actor: Meir Fenigstein

 

I LOVE YOU ROSA| ??? ???? ???? ????

Director: Moshe Mizrahi

Tribute to Late Director Moshe Mizrahi

This story centers on the Jewish practice that requires an unmarried brother to marry the childless widow of his dead brother. In this story the younger brother is only 11 years old when his brother dies. The requirement is avoided by a legal fiction, but as time passes in the story, the situation changes.| 1972, 77 Min.

Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, 1973

Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or Nominee, 1972

Special Guest – Cinematographer: Adam Greenberg

 

ONE OF US| ??? ?????

Director: Uri Barbash

Tribute to Late Producer Zvi Shpilman

A Palestinian guerilla is taken alive after breaking into an army outpost in the accupied territories with a group of armed men and killing several Israeli soldiers. Hies subsequent death at the hands of his captors is treated as a murder investigation and a military official is sent to interrogate the survivors. |1989, 110 Min

Special Guest – Director: Uri Barbash, Actor: Alon Aboutboul

 

AVANTI POPOLO| ?????? ??????

Director: Rafi Bukai

Tribute to Late Director Rafi Bukai

Set in the immediate aftermath of the Six-Day War, the film makes a plea for understanding between two Egyptian soldiers and an Israeli patrol who they encounter on their way to the Suez Canal. Rafi Bukai’s 1986 masterpiece is brought back to life in a newly restored digital copy. |1986, 84 Min

Locarno International Film Festival, Winner of Golden Leopard’s Eye, 1986

 

HALFON HILL DOESN’T ANSWER | ???? ????? ???? ????

Director: Assi Dayan

Tribute to Late Director Assi Dayan and Producer Menahem Golan

Sergio Konstanza, a Swindler, owes money to Mr. Hasson. He escapes to the desert where he joins a wacky army reserve unit whose Sergeant is engaged to ine of Mr. Hasson’s Daughters. |1976, 92 Min

 

 

For 32 years, the Festival has presented more than 1,000 feature films, documentaries, television dramas and short films to close to one million filmgoers and brought hundreds of Israeli filmmakers to the U.S. to share their art.  The Israel Film Festival is produced by IsraFest Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization created in 1982. Among the Sponsors of the 32nd Israel Film Festival are Adelson Family Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, Bank Leumi USA, Campbell Grobman Films, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Crescent Hotel, David Wiener, Diane & Guilford Glazer Foundation, Disney, Eclipse Advertising, Four Seasons Hotel, Hanna & Bernie Rubinstein, Insync Plus, Israel Consulate in Los Angeles, Israel Film Fund, Israeli Ministry of Tourism, Izek & Aline Shomof, Maurice Marciano Family Foundation, Millennium Media, Molly & Israel Weinberg, Netflix, Rabinovich Foundation, Screen International, Stanley & Joyce Black Family Foundation, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, The Hollywood Reporter, The Jewish Community Foundation, The Orlando Hotel, Variety and others.

 

About the Author of This Article:  Adrienne Papp is a recognized journalist, economist and feature writer, who has written for many publications including SavoirThe Westside Today Publications ; such as Beverly Hills 90210Malibu BeachSanta Monica SunThe Beverly Hills TimesBrentwood NewsBel-Air View ; Celebrity Society ; Celeb Staff It Magazine;  Chic Today;  LA2DAY;  West Side Today among many others. She is the President and CEO of Los Angeles / New York-based publicity company, Atlantic Publicity and publishing house, Atlantic Publisher. Adrienne writes about world trends, Quantum Physics, entertainment and interviews celebrities, world leaders, inventors, philanthropists and entrepreneurs. She also owns Atlantic United Films that produces and finances true stories made for theatrical release or the silver screen. Spotlight News Magazine is owned by Atlantic Publicity that just opened a new extension to it : PublicityLosAngelesAdrienne Papp is a member of the International Press Academy.She is the Founder, CEO and President  of Youthful & Ageless ™, Bringing Information to Billions™, An Honorable Cause™  www.LatestAgeless.com. www.OurMediaVenuesAndCompanies.comAtlantic Publicity ArticlesLatest Ageless, Events Photo Collection, Linked In Profile, Movie Data Base  Profile, Twitter, InstagramYouthful and Ageless Google+, Atlantic Publicity Google+, Atlantic Publisher Google+Adrienne Papp Google+, Adrienne Papp Personal Google+Spotlight News Magazine, Atlantic Publicity Productions, Atlantic Altitude, Altitude Pacific, Atlantic Publicity Photography and Filming, About Adrienne Papp   What Others Say  AtlanticPublicitySEOBrilliantMarketing365An Honorable CauseAcademic ResearchKnighthood Today,    Youthful and Ageless™. She was knighted and became a Dame in 2010. Her official name is Lady Adrienne Papp and Dame Adrienne Papp. Voting Member of The International Press Academy and The Oscars: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is the Managing Editorial Director of The Beverly Hills Times Magazine, and Hollywood Weekly. She has a Master of Science in Economics majoring Logistics; an MBA Degree; An International Law, Trade and Finance Postgraduate: Marketing and Advertising Postgraduate from NYU and UCLA. Guest Professor at Oxford University; Director and Producer of TV and Airline On Camera Editorials; Adrienne Papp Enterprises 

 

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