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Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights Hilla Medalia's documentary Dancing in Jaffa, which follows ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine as he returns to his hometown in Jaffa, Israel, his to..
posted June 18, 2013 in News | Permalink
The Israeli film industry has achieved so many "firsts" in recent years: seven Oscar nominations in five years, first Israeli film to win the top prize at Venice, and so many others. Here's another..
posted June 16, 2013 in News | Permalink
Several months before his native country decided to ban his new film about the husband of a Palestinian suicide bomber, the Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri got into a car with tinted windows and set..
posted June 14, 2013 in News | Permalink
The cloistered confines of Haredi society are no stranger to Israeli television and film, which has long been fascinated by the isolated enclaves of the ultra-Orthodox. But unlike those depictions,..
posted June 11, 2013 in News | Permalink
An astonishing Palestinian film, ‘5 Broken Cameras,' will open the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSSFK 2013), here on June 7. Astonishing, for the film on the I..
posted June 06, 2013 in News | Permalink
In January 1967, at the peak of a successful career as an entertainer, Uri Zohar held a press conference. Several days after one of his shows at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center was savaged by he..
posted June 05, 2013 in News | Permalink
It was with some trepidation that I sat down to watch Gods Neighbours, an Israeli film by Meni Yaesh about a group of young members of the Breslov Chassidic sect who take it upon themselves to their..
posted May 31, 2013 in News | Permalink
A lot went on at the Cannes Film Festival, which ran from May 15-26, including new films by the Coen brothers, Roman Polanski, Jim Jarmusch, Steven Soderbergh and many others. But some of the most ,..
posted May 30, 2013 in News | Permalink
When it played last fall's New York Film Festival, Rama Burshtein's debut feature, "Fill the Void," was one of the great surprises of the autumn, a stunningly poised and mature first film that the -..
posted May 28, 2013 in News | Permalink
The term "falafel western" might not be in everyone's lexicon.
But it is an appropriate phrase to describe Ballad of the Weeping Spring, which will get its UK premiere on the Gala night of Seret, a..
Israeli writer-director Rama Burshtein felt a lot of pressure graduating from the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem two decades ago because everyone expected great things from 'She..
posted May 25, 2013 in News | Permalink
TEL AVIV - Israel's ultra-Orthodox, with their bobbing side curls and modestly dressed women, are no strangers to the silver screen. But rarely, if ever, have they been portrayed by one of their has..
posted May 24, 2013 in News | Permalink
Formally meticulous, even austere, the assured feature debut of Israeli film-maker Lapid announces the arrival of a significant talent.
This is a film of masterful control: in the way it shuns the..
Rama Burshtein's Fill The Void (Lemale et ha'halal) is the second film in as many years to emerge from Israel with not only a strong international presence, but a unique perspective on religious as..
Driving home from a screening of the ravishing new Israeli film Fill the Void, I caught sight of a young man in full Hasidic garb, trying to coax his toddler son across a busy Los Angeles street. My..
posted May 23, 2013 in News | Permalink
"Fill the Void," which won Israel's equivalent of the Academy Award last year, is a love story unlike any Hollywood fare and it is set in a Jewish community unfamiliar to most Jews.
The movie is by..
posted May 22, 2013 in News | Permalink
Here's "men in black" of a different kind for filmgoers, as first-time feature director Rama Burshtein's characters in Fill the Void, including its females, are highly conservative, humorless and on..
A tragic love story between two Palestinians living under Israeli occupation received a standing ovation at the Cannes film festival on Monday and broke new ground as the first film fully funded by..
posted May 21, 2013 in News | Permalink
With all the hoopla about “The Great Gatsby” as the great American love story, let me suggest that the intimate Israeli foreign film “Fill the Void” goes a longer way to to..
posted May 19, 2013 in News | Permalink
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