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Epilogue, a bitter portrayal of present-day IsraelEpilogue, a bitter portrayal of present-day Israel

Amir Manor’s first feature, screened at the Venice Days, conveys a disillusioned vision of Israel

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 communal dreams,...

Events and Festivals, Israel


Israeli feature debut The Cutoff Man competes in VeniceIsraeli feature debut The Cutoff Man competes in Venice

Screened in the Orizzonti section, Idan Hubel’s The Cutoff Man is of three Israeli films competing in Venice

The Cutoff Man (Menatek Ha-Maim) looks at Gabi, an unemployed Israeli paterfamilias who takes on the ill-paid, occasionally dangerous job of shutting off the water of those who haven't paid their bills. Director Idan Hubel, who has also written...

Events and Festivals, Israel


Israel’s Fill The Void competes in VeniceIsrael’s Fill The Void competes in Venice

Rama Burshtein brings her own ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Venice

Forty-five-year-old Israeli director Rama Burshtein is an ultra-Orthodox Haredi Jew, and her film Fill the Void, sold by the Match Factory to Italian distributor Lucky Red, is her first feature for a secular audience. Fill The Void (Lemale et...

Events and Festivals, Israel


Four South Mediterranean documentaries to premiere in TorontoFour South Mediterranean documentaries to premiere in Toronto

Four documentary co-productions from the South Mediterranean are to make their international debut at the Canadian film fest

The Toronto International Film Festival recently unveiled a flurry of new additions to its lineup, including four documentaries from the South Mediterranean region. “There is great satisfaction in discovering films from new voices in non-fiction...

Events and Festivals, Lebanon, Syria , Algeria, Israel


Israeli film to vie for the Golden Lion in VeniceIsraeli film to vie for the Golden Lion in Venice

Fill the Void is in the race for the Golden Lion, while another three South Mediterranean titles have made it to the festival’s main selections

After the announcement, earlier this week, that the Israeli films Water and Inheritance would feature in the Venice Film Festival’s sidebar sections Critics Week and Venice Days, it was further announced that the festivals’ three main selections...

Events and Festivals, Israel, Algeria, Tunisia


Israeli-Palestinian shorts and Hiam Abbas’ directorial debut go to VeniceIsraeli-Palestinian shorts and Hiam Abbas’ directorial debut go to Venice

The sidebar sections International Film Critics Week and Venice Days at the Venice Film Festival (August 29 – September 9) announced their programs this week. The International Critics’ Week will open with Water, a collective work with directors...

Events and Festivals, Israel, Palestine


Documentary exposes unspoken realityDocumentary exposes unspoken reality

In Would You Have Sex with an Arab?, Yolande Zauberman tries to investigate the boundaries between Jews and Arabs

Yolande Zauberman was working up an idea for a feature film based on former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir when she came up with the idea for the documentary, Would You Have Sex with an Arab? (2011). She was working with the Lebanese author...

Industry, Israel


New project by Nadav Lapid wins pitching award in JerusalemNew project by Nadav Lapid wins pitching award in Jerusalem

Israeli director Nadav Lapid has won an award at the first Sam Spiegel Jerusalem International Film Lab for his second feature film project, The Kindergarten Teacher. Lapid’s project was awarded a production grant of $30,000, while an additional...

Events and Festivals, Israel


Jerusalem launches its first web seriesJerusalem launches its first web series

This Thursday, the first episode of a brand-new web series from Jerusalem will hit YouTube

A new web series has joined the Arabic web series family! After Lebanon’s award-winning Shankaboot, Jordan’s Bath Bayakha, and Syria’s revolutionary Top Goon, here comes Palestine’s very own web series. From Jerusalem, we give you Noss Balad....

Industry, Israel


Four Middle Eastern shorts in online film fest semi-finalFour Middle Eastern shorts in online film fest semi-final

The Your Film Festival results are out! Four short films from Egypt, Israel, and Lebanon are among the 50 semi-finalists selected from over 15,000 submissions

Voting has started for online film fest Your Film Festival! From this week until July 13, internet users can decide which of the YouTube competition’s 50 semi-finalists should make it to the next round, and perhaps win a $500,000 film grant. Four...

Events and Festivals, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon

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