END GAME (Sof Hamishak) Director: Ariel Cohen Category: Drama Production: Shalom Eisenbach, David Halperin / Israel/Russia 2018 Language: Russian, Hebrew. Subtitles: English Length: 85 minutes
Synopsis: The film "End Game" is based on real events that took place in the Soviet Union about 60 years ago, called the "Doctors' Plot".
Moscow. 1953. Jewish doctors are arrested on charges of conspiring to bring down the regime. Masha, a Jewish doctor who secretly manages a Jewish underground in her home, is also arrested. During the violent arrest, Masha's daughter, a brilliant chess player named Nehama, is wounded and loses her memory. Olga, the KGB investigator, takes the opportunity of the loss of memory and enlists Nehama to the KGB in order to make her confront her mother. Will Nechama's memory will return a moment before she incriminates her mother and execute her?
The film was originally produced for Ultra-Orthodox Jewish audience, and therefore all the acting roles in this film are women's. * Ariel Cohen: Introduction to the Ultra-Orthodox Film Industry
Cast: Inna Bakelman, Eva Kaplun, Ana Shulik.
Festivals & Awards:
Bronze Remi Award: Historical/Period Film: WorldFest International Independent Film Festival, Houston, Texas - U.S.A. 2018
HAPPINESS WRAPPED IN A BLANKET (Osher Atuf Besmicha) Director: Yosi Artzi Category: Drama Production: Yosi Artzi / Israel 2014 Language: Hebrew, Arabic. Subtitles: English Length: 51 minutes
Synopsis: After a long night, Bashir returns home from work to find his Jewish girlfriend Karin with an unexpected baby in her arms. “We’re a family now,” she tells him, "and we'll never be apart". Bashir is torn between his will to devotionally support his girlfriend and doing the right thing by returning the baby to his mother, a foreign worker who left her child under the threat of being deported from Israel. A decision is made and the couple sets-out on a runaway journey with the baby wrapped in a blanket. As they escape the police, Bashir does his best to look after and protect both Karin and the baby, but he knows the end is near and every solution will have dire consequence. Being an Arab-Israeli with a Jewish girlfriend makes him the “usual suspect”.
In the background of social and political topics such as Arabs, Jews and foreign workers, a tender love story is revealed and a delicate family is formed…
Synopsis: BLANCANIEVES is a gothic melodrama inspired by the Brothers´ Grimm tale. Once upon a time there was a little girl who had never met her mother, and she grew up being hated by her evil stepmother. She learned her father’s art, a famous bullfighter, and one day she ran away to become a legend.Set in 1920s south of Spain, BLANCANIEVES is a tribute to silent films.
כרמן היא בתו הדחויה של אנטוניו, מטדור שנפצע בזירה בעקבות הסחת דעת ברגע קריטי: הבלחת חיוך אוהב מהזירה אל עבר רעייתו ההרה שבקהל. הוא מובהל לביה"ח ולצידו באגף אחר של ביה"ח, האישה האהובה שמתה בלידתה המוקדמת של בתהּ. כרמן מתחנכת ע"י סבתהּ, רקדנית פלמנקו, ובסתר רוכשת כישורי טוריאדור. לאחר מות סבתה, עוברת כרמן להתגורר עם אביה וסובלת מנחת זרועה של אנקארנה, מי שהייתה האחות הרחמנייה של אביה והפכה לאמהּ החורגת. כשמגיעים מים עד נפש בורחת כרמנצ'יטה מהבית ומצטרפת ללהקה נודדת של מטדורים גמדים. שם הזירה שלה הוא "שלגיה" ולאט לאט יוצא למרחוק שמעה של לוחמת השוורים הנועזת. "שלגיה", שהעבודה עליו החלה במקביל ל"הארטיסט", ואף הוא סרט אילם חדש,הוא יצירה שונה מ"הארטיסט": סוג של מכתב אהבה הנוטל את האגדה המוכרת של האחים גרים ומעטר אותה בסימני היכר מתור הזהב בראינוע האירופאי. את האופן שבו מסתיים הסרט ידעו להעריך במיוחד מי שמכירים את עבודתו הקולנועית של טוד בראונינג.
מלודרמה שנונה ומרגשת שממש לא כדאי להחמיץ.
הסרט לא ייצא בהקרנות מסחריות בארץ וזו הזדמנות לראותו על המסך הגדול !
* ''סרט יפהפה, סרט מקורי, שעשוי נהדר. בשחור לבן מרשים, עם זוויות צילום לא קונבנציוליות, עם הרבה רגש, ועם עריכה מעולה. סרט חכם מאוד, שעושה עיבוד של האגדה המפורסמת לספרד של מלחמות השוורים, ומשכיל להשתמש במיקס מרתק ממש של אסתטיקה קולנועית של סרטים אילמים עם שפה קולנועית מודרנית יותר, תזזיתית יותר.''
איתן ווייץ, איתן קולנוע בראש צלול eithanwe.wordpress
* ''קטעי מונטאז' שמזכירים סרטים כמו "האיש עם מצלמת הקולנוע" לצד מלודרמה מסוגננת ועזת מבע,
א-לה ליליאן גיש, לצד רגעים של זוויות צילום חדות ואקספרסיביות. הרפתקה חושנית ומלאת יצרים ומוזיקה, ואהבת קולנוע כבירה.''
יאיר רווה, פנאי פלוס + סינמסקופ cinemascope
* ''הסרט כבר זכה בשבעה פרסי גויה, פרס הקולנוע היוקרתי בספרד. בגרסה הזאת נכנסים לאגדת האחים גרים מוטיבים מהפולקלור הספרדי, כמו מלחמות שוורים ופלמנקו.''
שרי רז, רואים עולם, הטלויזיה הישראלית Israeli Television
Blancanieves'' *d הנהדר, טוויסט ספרדי על שלגיה של האחים גרים, אשר מצולם בשחור לבן מהפנט ויפיפה ועם פסקול מעולה שכולל גם מוזיקת פלמנקו.שחור-לבן זה הצבעוני החדש.''
נטע אלכסנדר, הארץ Haaretz
* '"שלגיה", סרטו המהנה של פבלו ברגר הספרדי... אחד הסרטים הבולטים שיוצגו בפסטיבל הסרטים בירושלים... ואין סיבה שלא יהפוך לאחד מלהיטי הפסטיבל.''
שמוליק דובדבני, YNET
Best Film Award & Best Actress Award & Best Newcomer Actress Award & Best Original Screenplay Award & Best Cinematography Award & Best Art Direction Award & Best Costume Design Award & Best Makeup and Hairstyles Award & Best Original Score Award & Best Original Song Award: 27th Goya Awards - Spain 2013
Winner: Special Jury Prize & Best Actress Award: San Sebastián International Film Festival - Spain 2012
Winner: Prize of the Jury & Best Music Award: Les Arcs European Film Festival - France 2012
Best Film Award & Best Actress Award: ACE Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of New York - U.S.A. 2013
Winner: Cine Latino Award: Palm Springs International Film Festival - U.S.A. 2013
Spain's 85th Academy Awards official submission to Best Foreign Language category - U.S.A. 2013
URBAN TALE (Maasiya Urbanit) Director: Eliav Lilti Category: Feature Film Production: Shai Werker, Eliav Lilti. Supported by the Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts - Project Cinema / Israel 2012 Language: Hebrew. Subtitles: English Length: 90 minutes
Synopsis: Two teenage brother and sister, whose mother died a few weeks earlier, are in search of their father. Their quest leads them to hospitals, nursing homes and holding cells. In the course of the quest, they meet people who provide them – like in parallel quantum universes – a glance into what their future lives may hold for them.
''Urban Tale'' is an impressive cinematic experimental film, with a profound sense of aesthetics and ingenuity. Based on a true story, this independent film is unique in its cinematic storytelling. It is provocative and controversial but yet extremely gentle and delicate in touch, thus it is thought provoking, penetrating mind, body and soul.
Cast: Barak Friedman, Noa Friedman, Ohad Knoller, Zohar Strauss, Esti Yerushalmi, Ami Weinberg, Eli Gurnstein, Avi Greinik, Michal Stamler, Irit Bandak, Orna Rotberg, Sharon Stark, Noa Koller, Alex Peleg, Yitzhak Hizkiya, Gedalia Besser.
Festivals & Awards:
First Time Fest, NYC - U.S.A. 2013
IFFB Israeli Independent Film Festival in Berlin - Germany 2014
GEI ONI (Valley of Strength) Director: Dan Wolman / Based on the novel by Shulamit Lapid / Israel 2010 Category: Feature Film Production: for IBA1, Channel One, Israel. Language: Yiddish, Hebrew, Arabic. Subtitles: English / French Length: 105 minutes
Synopsis: The story of “Gei Oni” is an historical epic which interweaves the story of the first wave of Jewish European migration to Palestine, at the end of the 19th century, with an unusual love story between Fania, a young Russian immigrant, and Yechiel, a native Jew.
Seventeen-year-old Fania, her baby daughter, her elderly uncle, and her emotionally impaired brother arrive at the port of Jaffa, having survived a pogrom in which all other members of their family were killed. Having no real choice, Fania marries Yechiel, a widower whose wife died of malaria, leaving him to care for their two children himself. The two set out to a small settlement near Safed, where Yechiel and a few other daring settlers are trying to cultivate the barren lands which they bought from local Arabs. Fania is burdened by a harrowing secret she is unable to share with anyone else. but unless her husband Yechiel shares her secret, their marriage cannot be consummated.
Cast: Tamar Alkan, Zion Ashkenazi, Ya'akov Bodo, Levana Finkelstein.
MY MICHAEL (Michael Sheli) Director: Dan Wolman / Based on the novel by Amos Oz / Israel 1975 / 2009 Category: Feature Film Production: New Digitally Remastered version Language: Hebrew. Subtitles: English / French Length: 83 minutes
Synopsis: "My Michael" (Mon Michaël) is a sensitive film set in the divided city of Jerusalem of the early 1950's. It tells the story of a tormented Hanna and her stolid, dutiful husband, Michael. Hanna who tries to find a way out of her bourgeois life and marriage through self destructive fantasies, imagines sending her childhood friends, Arab twins, on a commando raid of her city – Jerusalem. This psychological, provocative film based on a bestselling novel by Amos Oz, won many prizes and created quite a controversy when first released.
Cast: Oded Kotler, Etrat Lavie.
Festivals & Awards:
Travelling Jérusalem : Rennes Métropole's Film Festival - France 2009
Winner: Best Film Award : David's Harp Awards (Israeli Oscar) - Israel
Winner: Best Director Award : David's Harp Awards (Israeli Oscar) - Israel
Winner: Best Script Award : David's Harp Awards (Israeli Oscar) - Israel
TIED HANDS (Yadaim Kshurot) Director: Dan Wolman / Israel 2006 Category: Feature Film Language: Hebrew, English. Subtitles: English / French Length: 90 minutes
Synopsis: The film tells the story of a sensitive and complex relationship between a mother and her ailing son. Like in Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale “The Loveliest Rose in the World” where a child is looking for a rose to save his mother, the queen who is in bed dying, so in “Tied Hands” in a reversal of roles a mother goes out on a desperate search for a little Marijuana, to ease her son's pain. In her, turbulent, journey in the streets of Tel-Aviv, old truths from her past come back to life and threaten to break down a wall of denials behind which, she's been hiding all her life.
Cast: Gila Almagor, Ido Tadmor.
Festivals & Awards:
Winner: Best Feature Film Award : Palm Beach International Film Festival - USA 2007
Winner: Best Performance Award (Gila Almagor) : Palm Beach International Film Festival - USA 2007
Winner: Special Acting Award (Gila Almagor) : Jerusalem International Film Festival - Israel 2006
Nominee: Best Director (Dan Wolman) : Israel Academy Awards - Israel 2006
Cycle ''Tel Aviv'': Forum des Images, Paris - France 2009
BEN'S BIOGRAPHY (Ha'biografia Shel Ben) Director: Dan Wolman / Israel 2003 Category: Fiction Film Language: Hebrew. Subtitles: English / French Length: 93 minutes
Synopsis: Ben is strange: he walks around with gloves and is always carrying shopping bags in both hands. He meets Tamar, who is intrigued by his secret. Slowly, they become friends. Ben doesn't want anyone to pity him. His way of dealing with his pain is through his imagination, zany humor and laughter. "Ben's Biography" deals with the very sensitive subject of child abuse. Sounds grim? It's not! The film is moving and unusually funny.
Cast: Gal Zaid, Sharon Alexander, Avigail Arieli, Gani Tamir.
Festivals & Awards:
Winner: Platinum Remi Award: Worldfest Houston International Film Festival, Texas - USA 2007
Winner: Best Feature Film - Audience Choice : Mediterranean Film Festival Algarve - Portugal 2006
Winner: Best Actor Award : Mediterranean Film Festival Algarve - Portugal 2006
Retrospective: Bangalore International Film Festival (BIFFes) - India 2009
DEAR MR. WALDMAN (Mi'htavim Le'America) Director: Hanan Peled / Israel 2006 Category: Feature Film Production: Yoav Halevy: Open Doors Films/Tmuna Communication Ltd.; Supported by the Israel Film Fund, Keshet Broadcasting, Wexstrust Capitol, Globus Group, Kolnoa Investments. Language: Hebrew. Subtitles: English / French Length: 86 minutes
Synopsis: In the early sixties, Hilik, ten years old boy who lives in Tel Aviv, knows he and his brother's goal in life – to make his parents happy and compensate for the grief and lost they had suffered in the holocaust. Moishe, Hilik's father, chooses to believe that his lost son, from his first marriage, didn't die in Auschwitz as he thought, and somehow escaped to America to become President Kennedy's assistant. As he has never really accepted the fact that he is the only survivor from his family, Moishe is sinking back to his past. Torn between his fear that his father would abandon him, and the wish to make him happy, Hilik chooses to test his father's love to him, while accepting the risk of losing him.
GOD'S SANDBOX (Tahara) Director: Doron Eran / Israel 2002 Category: Feature Film Production: Yoav Halevy: Open Doors Films/Tmuna Communication Ltd.; Supported by the Israel Film Fund and IBA1, Channel One, Israel. Language: English,Hebrew, Arabic. Subtitles: English / German Length: 86 minutes
The horror of female circumcision in the Bedouin tradition is explored in this challenging film. The film is starring: Israeli-Arab actor Juliano Mer-Khamis, who was shot to death in Jenin in 2011.
Synopsis: Liz, a successful author arrives at a beach in the magical Sinai Desert in search of her daughter Rachel who ran away. Liz decides to stay at the beach despite her daughter’s objections and meets with a Bedouin storyteller. It is here that she learns of the unusual love story of Leila – a Western tourist – and Najim, the son of a Bedouin Sheik. This extraordinary love story, that took place many years before on the same exotic beach, began to fall apart after the expulsion of Leila and Najim from his tribe. While wandering alone in the desert, Leila is exposed to a traumatic female circumcision ceremony that horrifies her and shatters the love story. Liz, captivated by the love story, undergoes a journey of psychological torment, during which her daughter Rachel discovers surprising facts about her mother’s life.
DELAYED REACTION (Tgoova Meuheret) Director: Samuel Calderon / Israel 2004 Category: Fiction Film Language: Hebrew, Arabic. Subtitles: English / French / Spanish / German / Arabic / Russian Length: 94 minutes
Synopsis: Menny, a 33-year-old DJ, is forced to face both his past as an Israeli officer during the War in Lebanon, and his present, when he finds himself in a psychiatric hospital following a mental breakdown. The colorful characters he encounters in the hospital, as well as, his caring ex-wife Karin, assist him in putting the pieces of his life together
A LIFE'S WORK (Mifal Hayim) Director: Gadi Nemet / Israel 2003 Category: TV Drama Language: Hebrew, French. Subtitles: English / French Length: 61 minutes
Synopsis: Ya'acov Binyamini, a successful businessman, returns to the collective village (kibbutz) he left many years ago. Binyamini is interested in acquiring the kibbutz's bankrupt cosmetics factory. Hilik, who considers the kibbutz factory his life's work, is forced into a final battle against all odds, involving the disintegrating kibbutz society as well as, the heart of his wife Dorit, Binyamini's first love.
Cast: Samuel Calderon, Irit Gidron, Tzachi Noy, Yonatan Cherchi.
Festivals & Awards:
Dignity and Work International Film Festival Gdansk - Poland 2004
Israel Film Festival - New York, Los Angeles, Chicago - USA 2004
Toronto Jewish Film Festival - Canada 2004
Southern Film Festival Sderot - Israel 2004
FIPA International Festival of Audiovisual Programs - Selective market - Biarritz - France 2004
Official Selection: Festival de Cine de Granada - Spain 2004
Silver Remi Award: Worldfest International Film Festival Houston Texas - USA 2004