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New Directors/New Films: "The Kindergarten Teacher" Examines the Lives of the Poets

Where does poetic inspiration come from? Nadav Lapid's new film The Kindergarten Teacher wants to know. But something heavier is on its mind: the liabilities of that lyrical muse. We..View More


Composer Mark Eliyahu Muses on "The Ballad of the Weeping Spring"

Where does The Ballad of the Weeping Spring take place? The question hovers over Benny Toraty's Wild East fable, which may unfold in yesteryear's Levant, or perhaps just in fantasyland. of..View More

Gal Gadot

Israeli model and actress Gal Gadot to become new face of Gucci

Israeli model and actress Gal Gadot, who will be starring as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Zack Snyder movie "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice," is the new face of Gucci who is the new a..View More


Rivlin remembers Lia Van Leer: A woman of vision, a dreamer with a prophetic spirit’

A long of line of directors, producers, actors and others from the film industry were among hundreds who on Monday paid their last respects to Lia Van Leer, who established and for decades managed a..View More


Tali Shalom Ezer's debut feature is an absorbing, disturbingly seductive tale of underage sexuality.

Eerily similar in premise to fellow Sundance title “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” but very different tonally and otherwise, the Israeli drama “Princess” plays out an of..View More

Ben Zaken

First-time feature director Efrat Corem explores a sector of Israeli society rarely seen on screen in this hard-scrabble family drama

A bracingly austere slice of somber social realism from Israel, Ben Zaken is the debut feature of young writer-director Efrat Corem. The dramatic focus is an impoverished family in a..View More

Shira Geffen

Boreg is about to open in cinemas across Israel - Here is the film's Cannes Review

Shira Geffen's latest outing down the Croisette at the Critics' Week sidebar should certainly help rectify matters. Dripping with black humor but never riding its (female) the of..View More


'Self Made (Boreg)' Film Review

Shira Geffen's clever identity-swap comedy subvertscliches and upends expectations. Through a mix-up at a border checkpoint, an Israeli performance artist trades places with a Palestinian bomber..View More

Maven Lia Van Leer

Lia Van Leer, Pioneering Figure in Israeli Film Industry, Dies at 90

Lia Van Leer, founder of the Jerusalem Cinematheque and a pioneering figure in the Israeli film industry, died Friday at a hospital in Jerusalem. She was 90. In the 1950s, Van Leer and her husband,..View More

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Ansalem

Rabbinical Courts: 'Gett' Movie Demonizes Us

The Batei Din Rabbaniyim, or Rabbinical Courts, held their annual educational training conference for dayanim - or rabbinical judges - last week. What made this year's conference unique was the fact..View More

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