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  • Yaron Shani, Scandar Copti
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    Jaffa's Ajami neighborhood is a melting pot where Jews, Muslims, and Christian's mingle in one of the poorest sectors of the city. Yaron Shani and Scandar Copti's AJAMI gives voice to a cross-section of the neighborhood's inhabitants: a young Israeli (Shahir Kabaha) fighting a criminal vendetta against his family, a Palestinian refugee (Ibrahim Frege) working illegally to finance a life-saving surgery, a Jewish police detective (Eran Naim) obsessed with finding his missing brother, and an affluent Palestinian (Scandar Copti) dreaming of a positive future with his Jewish girlfriend. But their intersecting stories leads to a dramatic collision of different worlds and the tragic consequences of enemies living as neighbors.

    Learn more about AJAMI at IsraelFilmCenter.org

    Starring: Fouad Habash, Ibrahim Frege, Shahir Kabaha
  • Shay Kanot
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    A notorious Casanova, Zidane happily leads a life unlike that of his two friends Omer and Uri who endure the agony of commitment - until a beautiful Colombian woman from Zidane's past pulls him into the romantic fray. Now, as the three men attempt to decipher the mysteries of women, they're forever reminded that love frequently offers up equal doses of happiness and misery in this lighthearted Israeli comedy.

    See more about Columbian Love at IsraelFilmCenter.org

    Starring: Yael Appleboum, Lirit Balaban, Ashraf Barhoum, Itay Barnea, Shmil Ben Ari, Elinor Ben Haim, Assi Cohen, Shmuel Edelman, Osnat Hakim, Michael Hanegbi, Mariano Idelman, Pira Kantor, Nir Levy, Menashe Noy, Irit Shiloh, Marina Shoif, Einat Weitzman, Anabela Yaakov, Mili Avital
  • Dror Sabo
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    It is the height of summer and the reality show "His Heart's Choice" is just about to launch its third season. Zacky Reibenbach, the show's creator, knows that without a really good gimmick, there is no way he will repeat the success of the previous two seasons. Then he remembers his film student, Yehuda Konitz. Yehuda has been documenting the rehabilitation of his friend Eitan for the past three years after the latter went blind under strange circumstances during his military service. His unique rehabilitation process was developed by Yael, Eitan's personal trainer and Yehuda's girlfriend. Yael is Eitan's eyes, and with her he is a true phenomenon--exactly what Reibenbach is looking for. Yet when Yehuda accepts Reibenbach's offer of fifty grand to help his movie, in exchange for putting "the phenomenon and the trainer" on the show, he finds himself drawn into Reibenbach's deceptions, as well as the shady, glitzy world of reality television, and on a downward spiral towards a dead end... 

    See more about Dead End at IsraelFilmCenter.org

    Starring: Noa Barkai, Ofer Sechter, Levi Gershon, Gal Zaid, Amnon Wolf, Eran Sarel, Hadas Moreno, Meital Ben Hemo, Michael Moshonov, Yaron Motola, Maya Gasner, Asi Azar, Amit Lior
  • Dan Verete
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    Two Israeli car dealers, Shmuel and Siso, invest five thousand American dollars into a vintage 1985 Lincoln Continental Limousine that they plan to sell in Germany for fifty grand. But when they take it there, they run into problems with the customs police, who are suspicious of Middle Easterners with a huge American gas guzzler. The routine search causes Shmuel to experience a disturbing hallucination about WWII Germany and the Nazis his parents fled from some sixty years earlier. And their adventure in Germany turns into a struggle just to make it out safely, as the echoes of the past catch up with them.

    See more about Metallic Blues at Israel Film Center    

    Starring: Tomer Ben David, Moshe Ivgy, Avi Kushnir,Rita Shukrun, Bassam Zo'amat Ulrich Matschoss, Rolf Nagel, Oliver Warsitz, Bjorn Wenner
  • Jorge Gurvich
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    When Yolanda Moskowitz, a retired French teacher, wakes up in a hospital geriatric ward, she is convinced it must be a mistake. But the titanium plate in her hip confines her to a wheelchair and to a lengthy recovery. Nonetheless, Yolanda discovers a new life in the hospital. She develops a close relationship with Allegra, a solitary woman who is her roommate, and she meets Shaul, a former soccer player, who makes her feel certain emotions she thought had vanished from her life for good. Like a young woman in love, she does anything to get Shaul's attention. But when the time comes for Yolanda to return home, will she be forced to return to her life of loneliness? 

    See more about Mrs. Moskowitz and the Cats at the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Rita Zohar, Moni Moshonov, Shulamit Adar, Ya'ackov Bodo, Tikva Dayan, Vladimir Friedman, Shredi Jabarin, Mickey Leon, Hana River, Idit Teperson
  • Uri Zohar
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    This film is much more than just a beach movie; it depicts the struggle of individuals who are not ready to change and grow up. Gute (Uri Zohar) is an aging lifeguard, responsible for the Tel Aviv beach. With a few other eccentric characters, including his best friend Eli, he lives his life with no great goals or meaning. Pretty soon, he'll get slapped by his superior, rejected by a beach hussy, and ridiculed by a couple of teenagers and a beloved whore. Only then will he understand that the world is moving on, with or without him.

    See more about Peeping Toms at the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Uri Zohar, Sima Eliyahu, Tzvi Shissel, Arik Einstein, Mona Silberstein, Mordecai Ben-Ze'ev, Motti Mizrahi
  • Rami Na'aman
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    An enchanting comedy about the adventure of a Jewish professor, an Arab sanitation worker, and a young Italian nun, who discover a utterly surprising similarity in their uncommon interests. At first they find themselves at odds, but then decide to work together to rebuild a statue important to Tel Aviv. The Flying Camel is a celebration of the differences that make everyone unique, and the bonds that can be made when we accept each others' differences.

    See more about The Flying Camel at the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Mosko Alkalai, Gabi Amrani, Salim Daw, Gideon Zinger, Gilat Ankori, Sean McBridge, Lorance Bovard
  • Avi Nesher
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    Arik, a teenage boy growing up in Haifa in 1968, gets a job working for Yankele Bride, a matchmaker. Yankele, a mysterious Holocaust survivor, has an office in back of a movie theater that shows only love stories, run by a family of seven Romanian dwarves in the seedy area by the port. Yankele introduces Arik to a new world, built on the ruins of an old one. As Arik begins to learn the mysteries of the human heart through his work with Yankele, he falls in love with Tamara, his friend Beni's cousin. Tamara has just returned from America and is full of talk of women's rights, free love and rock and roll. The disparate parts of Arik's life collide in unexpected, often funny and very moving ways as he lives through a summer that changes him forever. Avi Nesher's latest film mixes comedy with drama as it tells a coming-of-age story unlike any you've ever seen before.

    See more about The Matchmaker at the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Adir Miller, Maya Dagan, Tuval Shafir, Dror Keren, Dov Navon, Yarden Bar-Kochba, Neta Porat Bat-el Papura, Kobi Faraj, Tom Gal, Eyal Shechter, Eli Yatzpan
  • 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
  • Dorit Hakim
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    Twelve-year-old Itamar has a deep passion for ice skating. However, he is slowly losing his hearing, which forces him away from his hobby. Itamar refuses to accept his doctor's orders and his parents' wish that he stay away from the ice rink. With the arrival of Natalie, his new wild and headstrong skating partner, the two learn and grow as they deal with the trials and challenges of adolescence. 

    For more information visit the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Assaf Kimmel, Meital Pilater, Amit Lior, Zuffit Grant
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