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  • 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.

     

    Learn more at the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Itzik Cohen, Shaul Azar, Dvir Benedek
  • 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
  • Felix Gerchikov
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    Slava and his friends, a group of young Russian immigrants, are out of place, frustrated and alone in the harsh setting of a small desert town in Southern Israel. Victor, an older immigrant who used to be a soccer coach, suggests they set up a soccer team to compete in the local tournament. The soccer field becomes their home away from home, the place where they can be themselves, and where they can prove their worth: to themselves, to each other, and most importantly – to the new world in which they find themselves.

    See more about The Children of USSR at the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Daniel Bruck, Arthur Marchenko, Vitaly Fridland, Niko Nikoleiv, Yigal Reznik, Vladimir Freidman, Sirk M. Sabhat, Anna Stefan
  • 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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