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Jerusalem's Crown Restored

The 35th Jerusalem Film Festival concluded this Sunday after 10 days of celebrated films from around the world, including many Israeli premieres. This flagship festival is a major pipeline for film..View More


Isle of Dogs

World premiers and distinguished guests

The 35th Jerusalem Film Festival, which will run at the Jerusalem Cinematheque from July 26 to August 5, is one of the biggest and most exciting movie events of the year. It will feature a..View More


Bilby and a friend

DreamWorks picks up an Israeli's film

Bilby is a roughly eight-minute film that depicts a cute, furry marsupial called a Bilby who doesn’t give up despite the long odds. Animator and Tel Avivian Liron Topaz was one of on..View More


Tim Kalkhof in The Cakemaker, which opened at the Ritz at the Bourse on July 6.

‘The Cakemaker’ Explores Grief, Love

When Ofir Raul Graizer first set out to make The Cakemaker, nobody wanted to support it. After eight years of trying to make the film, the Israeli filmmaker’s debut is now opening in at..View More


On the set of 'Mami'

Occupation, Gang Rape and Racism: Israel's Most Controversial Rock Opera Set to Become a Movie

The 'Mami' returns: after it dared to pick at the most painful sores of Israeli society, “Mami,” the angry, kicking and defiant rock opera that was first staged in 1986, is about to a is..View More


Disobedience

'Disobedience' Offers a Glimpse Into an Insular World - but Goes Beyond Voyeurism

Two films set in ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi, communities outside Israel are currently playing in local movie theaters. “Menashe,” Joshua Weinstein’s first feature, is set in a is in..View More


Flirting on the Green Line: Israeli Filmmaker Chronicles Her Tinder Dates With Palestinians

Flirting on the Green Line: Israeli Filmmaker Chronicles Her Tinder Dates With Palestinians

It’s the end of 2016. Every morning, Ines Moldavsky goes from her Tel Aviv home to another day at the Bezalel Academy of Arts in Jerusalem. She spends the monotonous bus trip on Highway 443 at..View More


Bands Visit

‘The Band’s Visit,’ based on Israeli film, wins best musical in Tony sweep

NEW YORK — The shimmering musical “The Band’s Visit,” based on Israeli film of the same name, was the big winner at the Tony Awards on Sunday, capturing the best musical and..View More


Outside the School of Visual Arts theater for the inaugural Israeli Film Center Festival.

Six movies not to be missed at the Israel Film Center Festival in New York

Adventuresome film-goers in New York City rarely have to worry about a lack of options, but starting June 5, this week brings special treasures from the Mideast. For a typically Jewish eight nights,..View More


Building a Life on Truth

Building a Life on Truth

Not until 21 years after he finished film school in 1997 did Amichai Greenberg release his first feature film, “The Testament,” which is playing in Tenafly next week as part of the of a..View More


The Israeli Film Festival is at the JCC in Manhattan this week

The Israeli Film Festival is at the JCC in Manhattan this week

There is little doubt that over the decades cinema has deeply affected our special connection with Israel. In the mid-1950s, Jewish audiences squirmed while watching “Hill 24 Doesn’t in..View More


Domestic Disturbances

Domestic Disturbances

Many veteran observers of Israeli film try to discern trends in new releases as a clue to the mood of the country. Filmmakers tend to be less circumspect about their views. On the other hand, as its..View More


Filming in Israel, Harvey Keitel Transforms From Hollywood Gangster Into Jewish Patriarch

Filming in Israel, Harvey Keitel Transforms From Hollywood Gangster Into Jewish Patriarch

A Hollywood star, an acclaimed Israeli novelist and an award-winning Russian director – all Jewish – walk onto a kibbutz. It could be the opening of a Borscht Belt joke, or perhaps a of..View More


The Legend of King Solomon

New film animates a young, swashbuckling King Solomon

The moment for Israeli animation may have arrived, as an 80-minute feature about King Solomon, created by a joint Israeli and Hungarian animation team, plays in Israeli theaters, and, hopefully, as..View More


Keshet Films’ Mandy Tagger & Adi Ezroni On The Hunt For Projects – Cannes Studio

Keshet Films’ Mandy Tagger & Adi Ezroni On The Hunt For Projects – Cannes Studio

In April last year, Keshet Media Group launched feature development and production division, Keshet Films, under its Keshet International subsidiary Keshet Studios and headed by award-winning a..View More


Cannes wrap-up: Few Jews, but some anti-Semitism on the silver screen

Cannes wrap-up: Few Jews, but some anti-Semitism on the silver screen

CANNES, France — Once I landed in Cannes and stuffed my face with a brioche au sucre the likes of which you just can’t get in New York, I headed down to the elegantly named Palais des et..View More


Israel Wins Eurovision Contest

Israel Wins Eurovision Contest

Israel won the Eurovision contest on Saturday night (May 12) with the song “Toy” by Netta Barzilai. The annual competition was held in Lisbon, Portugal and featured 43 for the..View More


Israeli show 'On the Spectrum' wins top prize at French festival

Israeli show 'On the Spectrum' wins top prize at French festival

JTA - The new Israeli television series “On the Spectrum” won the top prize at the Series Mania Festival in Lille, France. The show, about three 20-something roommates with autism in an..View More


Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles to Celebrate Trio of Honorees

Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles to Celebrate Trio of Honorees

The Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles will honor Netflix exec Larry Tanz, Star Wars: The Last Jedi producer Ram Bergman and philanthropist Stanley Black at a May 31 Sponsor Luncheon to..View More


Israel’s Docaviv Festival to Focus on Women, Refugees for Landmark 20th Edition

Israel’s Docaviv Festival to Focus on Women, Refugees for Landmark 20th Edition

Docaviv, Israel’s only festival devoted exclusively to documentary filmmaking, will celebrate its 20th birthday in May with a jam-packed screening schedule focusing on women’s refugees a..View More


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