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Rock the Casbah, music and stones in the occupied territoriesRock the Casbah, music and stones in the occupied territories

Yariv Horowitz's debut feature film was welcomed with applause at the 63rd Berlin Film Festival

A group of young Israeli soldiers keeps guard on a rooftop in a Palestinian village in Rock the Casbah, a debut feature film for Yariv Horowitz, who was welcomed with applause at the 63rd Berlin Film Festival, where he took part in the Panorama...

Events and Festivals, Israel


Yossi, homosexuality in the Israeli armyYossi, homosexuality in the Israeli army

Israeli director Eytan Fox portrays an unhappy man in his thirties living in Tel Aviv

In Yossi, Israeli director Eytan Fox, who previously made hit films Walk on Water and The Bubble, continues to depict homosexual love stories, reports AFP. Contrary to his two previous films, in which the theme of homosexuality appeared alongside...

Industry, Israel


Israeli producer selected for 2013 European Producer WorkshopIsraeli producer selected for 2013 European Producer Workshop

MEDIA Mundus enables South Mediterranean producer to attend European workshop

Israeli producer Saar Yogev is one of 51 producers from 32 different countries to have been selected for the European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs’ (EAVE) 2013 European Producers Workshop next year. Yogev set up his production company Black Sheep...

Events and Festivals, Industry, Israel


The French Institute and “The Shortest Day”The French Institute and “The Shortest Day”

Three South Mediterranean countries to participate to the festival, coordinated by the CNC

For the second year in a row, the Institut français is supporting “Le Jour le plus Court” Short Film Festival, coordinated by the CNC, in the interest of promoting this annual event abroad from December 21st to 31st, 2012. On this occasion, the...

Events and Festivals, Algeria, Tunisia, Israel


Elie Wajeman, French directorElie Wajeman, French director

“I was interested in people who leave a little through boredom or sadness”

Alyah is French filmmaker Elie Wajeman’s feature debut. Screened at Cannes this year in the Directors’ Fortnight section, the film tells the tale of a young Parisian who, since his mother’s death, takes on odd jobs to cover the debts of a brother...

Events and Festivals, Israel


Meni Yaesh’s God’s Neighbours screens in BrusselsMeni Yaesh’s God’s Neighbours screens in Brussels

The Israeli feature debut draws a late-night crowd in the Belgian capital

Israeli filmmaker Meni Yaesh’s feature debut God’s Neighbours screened to a full theatre of enthusiastic festival-goers last night, despite the late hour at which it was programmed. The latter were then able to discuss it with Joël Kotek,...

Events and Festivals, Israel


Hadas Yaron, lead actress in Fill the Void, winner of Coppa VolpiHadas Yaron, lead actress in Fill the Void, winner of Coppa Volpi

“They live among us but we don’t really know them”

In Rama Burshtein’s Fill the Void (Lemale et Ha’Halal), Israeli actress Hadas Yaron, 22, plays Shira Mendelman, a 18 year-old from the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, who is to marry her late sister’s husband against her will. Last week in...



Rama Burshtein, Israeli director of Fill the VoidRama Burshtein, Israeli director of Fill the Void

“People from the outside don’t think that a real love story happens in the orthodox world”

Ultra-Orthodox Haredi Jewish director Rama Burshtein’s Fill the Void (Lemale et Ha’Halal) tells the story of an 18 year-old girl who is to marry the husband of her late sister against her will. Her film competed in at the 69th Venice...



Hiam Abbas, Palestinian director of InheritanceHiam Abbas, Palestinian director of Inheritance

“I tried to give each character some sort of symbolism”

Palestinian actress Hiam Abbas’ directorial debut, Inheritance, is competing at the Venice Days at the Venice Film Festival. A Palestinian family living in northern Galilee gathers to celebrate the wedding of one of their daughters, as war rages...

Israel, Palestine


Amir Manor, director of EpilogueAmir Manor, director of Epilogue

“I wanted to say something about the people the country forgot”

In Epilogue, Hayuta and Berl, an elderly couple, retired pioneers, and devout romantics, find it hard to adjust to today’s life in Israel and to the social changes surrounding them. After years of struggle, the two refuse to let go of their...


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