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Israeli Film Festival: Israeli Film Festival

Our annual Israeli Film Festival is dedicated to fostering an understanding of Israeli culture and access to Israel’s young but thriving film industry. The festival features films based upon various considerations such as awards or nominations, timely subject matter and input from the film community.

Israeli Film Festival 2018 Opening Film: The Women’s Balcony

An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power. When the women’s balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi’s wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis. Charismatic young Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways and tries to take control. This tests the women’s friendships and creates an almost Lysistrata-type rift between the community’s women and men.

Festival concessions sponsored by Risa and Jay Levine

Pre-Event Reception for Artist Level and higher sponsored by Robin and Danny Jackson

Israeli Film Festival 2018: On the Map

On the Map tells the story of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 1977 European Championship, which took place when the Middle East was reeling from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1972 Olympic massacre at Munich, and the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv. The film recounts how an underdog Israeli basketball team prevailed over a series of European basketball powers, including CSKA Moscow, a team that repeatedly refused to compete against Israeli competitors. Moments after this historic win, Israeli-American basketball hero Tal Brody became an indelible part of a young country's history when he famously said, “Israel is on the map, not just in sport, but in everything.”

*This film showing will take place at the Byrd Theatre.

Followed by a Talk Back with Director Dani Menkin

Festival concessions sponsored by Risa and Jay Levine

Israeli Film Festival 2018: Mr. Predictable

Adi was 5 years old when his father died in the war in Lebanon. Before leaving home, the father made the son swear he would be a good boy, help his mother and be responsible. Adi kept his promise: he helped more than enough at home, at school, in the military, in his marriage. He became the most thoughtful man you can imagine. Or to put it another way, Adi became a "sucker" who was exploited by his mother, wife, son, boss and nearly everyone he ever met. Things change radically on the day Adi meets Natalia – a sweet, young, wild girl who entices Adi into a life full of emotions, of passion and romance. Now Adi has to choose between love and reason, between dreams and reality, and between Natalia and his family. Will he go on being a good boy?

Festival concessions sponsored by Risa and Jay Levine

Israeli Film Festival 2018: Harmonia

Harmonia is a modern adaptation of the mythological triangle between the childless Abraham and Sarah and young Hagar. Sarah is the harpist of the Jerusalem Philharmonic; Abraham is its almighty conductor. When Hagar, a young horn player from East Jerusalem joins the Western Side Orchestra, she bonds with Sarah and a unique friendship evolves between the two women. Hagar, feeling Sarah’s pain from not having children, offers to have a baby for her from Abraham, shaking the thin balance in the family. The film uncovers the metaphoric emotional roots of the ancient conflict between the two peoples living in Jerusalem, now seeking harmony through a dramatic encounter between Western and Eastern music.

Festival concessions sponsored by Risa and Jay Levine

Talk Back with Rabbi Knopf will follow the film.