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  • Eran Riklis
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    Set during the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, CUP FINAL tells the story of Cohen, a young Israeli soldier who is kidnapped by a group of Palestinian fighters and held hostage during the conflict. The 1982 FIFA World Cup happens to be on during the invasion, and captor and captive's mutual love of football (and support for the Italian team), helps break down the barriers of nationalism and historical baggage.

    See more about Cup Final at IsraelFilmCenter.org

    Starring: Moshe Ivgy, Bassam Zo'amat, Suhel Haddad, Gassan Abbas, Sharon Alexander, Johnny Arbid, Sami Samir, Meir Suissa, Gadi Poor, Victor Kamar, Rada Ibrahim, Roberto Pollak, Mohammad Bakri, Salim Daw
  • Udi Aloni
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    A daring hybrid of realism and fantasy, Forgiveness is a psychological thriller that explores the tragedies of the Middle East. David, a young American-Israeli, returns to Israel to join the army, only to find himself in a catatonic state after accidentally shooting a Palestinian girl while on patrol. He is committed to a mental institution which sits on the ruins of a Palestinian village. The head psychiatrist tries to cure him with medication, while another patient in the hospital, a Holocaust survivor, tries to redeem him by opening his heart to the ghost that haunts him. He returns to New York under his father's care, believing that his horrific past is behind him…until his love for a Palestinian woman brings his trauma back to the surface.

    See more about Forgiveness at IsraelFilmCenter.org

    Starring: Itay Tiran, Clara Khoury, Moni Moshonov, Makram Khoury, Tamara Mansour, Ruba Blal, Michael Sarne
  • Assi Dayan
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    In this satirical cult-classic, a Reserves unit in the Israel-controlled Sinai is less than five miles from the Egyptian front lines. However, the Israelis are hardly concerned with the Egyptians, as half of the Reserve-niks are just happy to get away from their homes and essentially go camping in uniform, while the other half goes crazy in hilarious fashion. When one of the Israelis mistakenly wanders across the lines and is captured by an Egyptian patrol, a madcap rescue mission is hatched. Add to that some oil prospecting, a stowaway girlfriend, and an officer in need of some female attention, and all the ingredients for an enjoyable romp are there. Can Reserves duty in Israel (or anywhere) really be this fun?

    For more information visit the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Gavri Banai, Menahem Zilberman, Tuvia Tzafir, Nitza Shaul, Lans Kroner, Shaike Levi, Isarel Poliakov, Rafi Ginai, Moshe Ish-Kassit, Oshik Levi,Aryeh Moskona, Hana Laszlo, Miki Kam
  • Amos Gitai
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    Based on director Amos Gitai's own experiences as a member of a helicopter rescue crew during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, this story is told from the perspective of Israeli soldiers. We are led by Weinraub and his friend Ruso on a day that begins with quiet city streets, but ends with death, destruction and devastation of both body and mind. Various scenes are awash in the surreal, as Weinraub's head hangs out over a rescue helicopter's open door, watching with tranquil desperation as the earth passes beneath, the overpowering whir of the blades creating a hypnotic state. It is not a traditional blood, guts and glory film. There are no battle scenes or glorious deaths; only the rescue crew trying to pick up the pieces.

    For more information visit the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Juliano Mer, Liron Levo, Tomer Ruso, Uri Ran Klauzner
  • Renen Schorr
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    When two loner Russian soldiers are caught smuggling arms and arrested, they do not want to lose their honor as soldiers. Despite being accused of a crime that is unforgivable in military society, they want to hold onto their dignity and to go through an honorable military trial. The military is not at all concerned with their wishes, and pushes to get them tried as civilians. Bluchin and Glory, the soldiers, are forced into a civilian prison--and decide to retaliate.

    This human drama, in Russian and Hebrew, is based on events that took place in a military prison in northern Israel in 1997, and shows what lengths people will go in desperation.

    See more about The Loners at the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Sasha Avshalom Agrounov, Shlomi Avraham, Henry David, Tzahi Grad, Anton Ostrovsky, Rotem Zussman
  • Avi Nesher
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    This offbeat musical directed by Avi Nesher follows a dozen members of the military entertainment troupe, whose mission is to entertain the Israeli Army following the Six Day War in 1967. Although the performers are not at the front lines, they, too, suffer tensions, learning to get along, making and breaking romances--all while competing to become the best performer in the troupe and to receive coveted television coverage.

    See more about The Troupe at the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Gidi Gov, Liron Nirgad, Sassi Keshet, Doval'e Glickman, Meir Suissa, Smadar Brener, Dafna Armoni, Gali Atari, Chelli Goldenberg, Gilat Ankori
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