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  • Gilad Goldschmidt
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    Set in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, "A Green Chariot" is a drama about identity, belonging and romance. Yair (Vitali Freedland), a twenty-year-old Russian immigrant, yearns for acceptance as an Israeli, so he disconnects himself from his father and his secular Russian friends, finds a modern Orthodox girlfriend, and joins a religious/nationalist youth movement, Bnei Akiva. But on the eve of his wedding to Dafna (Daniela Wirzer), his world is upended and his new life is jeopardized. Rummaging through a package sent by his aunt, Yair, known in Russian as Sasha, discovers a crucifix. His father assures him that his late mother was thoroughly Jewish, but admits that his maternal grandmother was a Christian. For Yair, who has adopted Orthodoxy and is engaged to be married to an Orthodox woman, the revelation could unravel everything. 

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    Starring: Vitali Freedland, Daniela Virtzer, Pavel Tsitrinal, Lucy Dubinchik
  • Erez Tadmor, Sharon Maymon
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    A group of obese people from the Israeli city of Ramla is fed up with their strict diet regime. But when Herzl, one of them, starts working as a dish washer in a Japanese restaurant, he is exposed to the world of Sumo through Kitano, the restaurant manager and a former Sumo coach in Japan. Herzl falls in love with the Sumo world and persuades Kitano to coach him and his obese friends in a sport and culture where their size is to their advantage. One by one, Herzl's friends leave their dieting club and discover the world of Sumo, where fat people like them are honored and appreciated. Through Sumo, they connect to themselves and their fat bodies, each one in his or her individual way.

     

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    Starring: Itzik Cohen, Shaul Azar, Dvir Benedek
  • Boaz Davidson
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    Alex is a thirteen year old boy who is about to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah. Alex has typical Polish parents who work hard to make ends meet. On account of their difficult economic situation, they are compelled to share their apartment with a Persian tenant named Faruk that tries to fight his baldness by means of different creams. But when Alex falls in love with the new girl in his class, Mimi, his aunt Lola arrives in Israel from Poland to search for lost love. Alex falls for his aunt and she on her part gives him more than just maternal love. This film is notable for its careful reconstruction of the '50s, known as the Austerity period in Israel.

    See more about ALEX IS LOVESICK at IsraelFilmCenter.org

    Starring: Sharon Hacohen, Uri Kabiri, Avi Kushnir, Hana Rot, Jospeh Shiloach, Eitan Anshel
  • Avraham Kushnir
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    Bruriah and her husband Rabbi Meir lived in the 2nd century C.E., at which time the Rabbis declared "women are light-minded". Bruriah, a most learned and intelligent woman, mocked their statement. In order to prove their justification, Rabbi Meir sent one of his students to seduce her. Bruriah was seduced and when she discovered that it had been planned by her husband, she committed suicide.

    In the present day, a woman named Bruriah has been traumatized by a book her father wrote on the ancient story. She sets out to find one of the last remaining copies--but her husband Yaakov, scared that she may destroy the life he set up for his family, stands in her way...

    See more about Bruria  at IsraelFilmCenter.org

    Starring: Baruch Brener, Hadar Galron, Sasha Demidov
  • Joseph Cedar
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    Rachel Gerlik (Michaela Eshek), the widowed mother of two beautiful teenage daughters, who wants to join the founding group of a new religious settlement in the West Bank. She must first convince the acceptance committee that she is worthy, but without a husband finds it challenging. Her daughters feel alienated from her, especially her desire to move to the West Bank, and her daughter Tami (Hani Furstenburg) finds herself attracted to a boy named Rafi from a youth movement. But when an incident at a campfire spirals into malicious, untrue rumors about Tami, Rachel has to figure out how to save her daughters, save their future, and figure out how to move forward.

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    Starring: Michaela Eshet as Rachel Gerlik, Hani Furstenberg as Tami Gerlik, Moshe Ivgy as Yossi, Maya Maron, Oshri Cohen as Rafi, Yehoram Gaon as Moshe Weinstock, Avi Grainik as Oded, Edith Teperson, Assi Dayan as Motkeh
  • 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
  • Leonid Prudovsky
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    Yigal is a divorced taxi driver who remains in close contact with his ex-wife and her new husband, in order to be close to his son. His personal dream is to visit Paris, but he is terrified of flying--even though it's only a five hour flight from Tel Aviv. Picking up his son from afternoon choir practice, Yigal slowly and tentatively becomes emotionally involved with his son's music teacher, an immigrant from Russia. At first glance, the two seem to be from different worlds - while Yigal is an uneducated taxi driver, the music teacher is worldly and educated. Nonetheless, they enjoy spending time together and a gentle and sweet relationship develops between the two opposites, which begins to grow more and more complex...

    See more about Five Hours from Paris at the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Helena Yaralova, Dror Keren, Michael Warchaviak, Yoram Toledano, Vladimir Freidman, Dorit Lev-Ari
  • Juraj Herz
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    The saw mill owner Habermann is the biggest employer in his village and married to Jana, a young and beautiful Czech woman, who is half Jewish. Although Habermann is not interested in politics or ideology, he and his family will be steamrolled by the insanity of World War II. As he tries to save his wife, daughter and Czech workers from Nazi terror, he find himself facing his own tragedy in an unexpected way…

     

     Based on real events surrounding the expulsion of Sudeten Germans from Czechoslovakia in 1945.

    Starring: Mark Waschke, Hannah Herzsprung, Karel Roden, Ben Becker
  • Keren Yedidya
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    In the heart of Jaffa, Reuven's garage is a family business. His daughter Mali and his son Meir, as well as Toufik, a young Palestinian, work there. No one suspects that Mali and Toufik have been in love for years. As the two lovers are secretly making their wedding arrangements, tension builds between Meir and Toufik, erupting in a tragedy that forces Mali to make a few horrifying decisions.

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    Starring: Moni Moshonov, Ronit Elkabetz, Mahmud Shalaby, Hussein Yassin Mahajne, Dalia Beger, Dana Ivgy
  • Amos Gitai
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    Rivka and Malka are two Orthodox Jewish sisters living in one of the most traditional communities in Jerusalem, and both are coming up against conflicts between their faith and their gender. Rivka and Meir have been married for 10 years, but are childless. Despite his real love for his wife, Meir feels he must follow tradition and take another, fertile wife. Meanwhile, Malka goes through with an arranged marriage, despite having fallen for a young student. When the realities of her enclosed world become clear to her, she is faced with a choice: to become just another womb, or to face leaving the only community she has ever known.

    See more about Kadosh at the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Leah Koenig, Meital Barda, Samuel Calderon, Uri Ran Klauzner, Yael Abecassis, Yoram Hattub, Yussef Abu-Warda
  • 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
  • Pini Tavger
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    Pinhas and his mother are new immigrants from Russia. His mother barely makes a living working night shifts and devotes her spare time to an affair she has with a married man. On the third floor of their building lives a religious family. Pinhas is drawn to the warmth and unity that characterize them and meets a girl his age, and her older brother, who slowly introduces him to religion.

    See more about Pinhas at the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Evgenya Dodina, Anthony Berman, Yonatan Rozen, Michael Coresh
  • Ari Folman, Ori Sivan
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    Clara is a 7th grade Russian emigre to this Negev town, and lives in a trailer on the edge of town. What makes Clara unique are her telekinetic powers, allowing her to predict the future. She can predict the answers to a math exam, the winning Lotto numbers, and even an earthquake! Yet she will lose her powers if she falls in love--and then she meets the anarchist rebel hunk at Golda Meir High School. She must choose between her powers and her true love, especially as an impending nuclear disaster approaches...

    Based on a novel by Czech writers Pavel and Yelena Kohout.

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    Starring: Lucy Dubinchik, Halil Elohev, Johnny Peterson, Maya Maron, Maya De-Fries, Tal Feigenboim, Yigal Naor, Joe El Dror, Orly Silbersatz Banai, Tal Ben-Bina, Menashe Noy, Jenya Dodina, Ronald Heilovsky
  • Matti Harari, Arik Lubezky
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    Danny Breznitz, in his late forties, is a detective in the Tel Aviv Police, and is hospitalized following a near-fatal car accident. His personal life is a mess: his marriage with his wife, Ruthie, is childless and one-sided, while his relationship with his mistress, Eva, is about to fall apart. Upon recovery, Breznitz is handed an insignificant murder case. In pursuit of the unknown killer, he discovers a culprit who confesses to the crime, but Breznitz doubts the man's guilt. Instead, he starts taking a tour of Israel's underground, which includes a prostitute turned hairdresser, a pimp who poses as a born-again Jew, and a homosexual artist who has been disowned by his parents. While at first the investigation goes nowhere, a shocking discovery may hold the key to solving the case...

    See more about The Last Suspect at the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Shmil Ben Ari, Orel Timsit, Ruthi Navon, Haim Znati, Zion Baroch
  • 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
  • Joseph Cedar
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    Menachem is a Yeshivah student and newly made commander of his own IDF unit. His dynamic right-wing spiritual leader, Rabbi Meltzer, who's West Bank Yeshivah Menachem attends, is the father of his love Michal. Although Menachem is a beloved student and commander, the rabbi has not chosen him to be the suitor for his daughter. Instead, the bone will be thrown to Pini, a brilliant Yeshivah sudent student. But the rabbi's daughter won't allow herself to be some prize. And when she scorns Pini, Pini begins hatching his his own secret plot. Complicating matters are the Shin Bet's caustic distrust of non-secular Israelis... and a nationalist plot that is brewing to blow up the Temple Mount. 

    See more about Time of Favor at the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Idan Alterman, Tinkerbell (Ravit Rozen), Assi Dayan, Micha Celektar, Amnon Volf, Aki Avni, Shimon Mimran, Uri Klauzner, Samuel Calderon
  • Avi Nesher
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    A group of families emmigrates from India to Israel in the late sixties, seeking a better life in what they believe to be the first outpost of the West in Asia. To their surprise, they are sent to a new settlement in the middle of the desert, populated mostly by Moroccan Jews. The two cultures clash as the group tries to integrate into the community, and are faced by harsh realities. But despite the conflicts and prejudices, young love develops between two girls from opposite sides of the struggle. The film finds a perfect combination between humor and sentiment in a very real and very difficult situation.

    See more about Turn Left at the End of the World at the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Neta Garty, Liraz Charhi, Aure Atika, Jean Benguigui, Parmeet Sethi, Kruttika Desai, Ruby Porat Shoval, Rotem Abuhab, Israel Katorza
  • Arik Kaplun
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    This charming, entertaining film, full of warm humor and sentiment, swept the recent Israeli Awards in almost every category. Three parallel sories of love unfold in Israel during the Gulf War with Iraq, as the people retreat into thier homes and shelters to avoid the  lethal scud attacks. Yana, a Russian immigrant abandoned by her husband, is pregnant and in debt, but when she moves into a flat with wedding photographer Eli and the two are forced into a sealed room from the fear of chemical weapons, sparks fly. At the same time, formal and businesslike Rosa finds love, while Alik and his wife learn the meaning of loving commitment and transform each other into better people.

    See more about Yana's Friends at the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Evelyne Kaplun, Nir Levy, Shmil Ben Ari, Mosko Alkalay, Dalia Friedland, Vladimir Friedman, Israel Damidov, Lana Sachanova, Jenya Fleisher, Evyatar Lazar, Lucy Dubinchik, Valentin Nikulin, Aleksandr Stanilov
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