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New Israeli Cinema: L'Chaim!

A special showcase of 10 new films from Israel—one of the hottest emerging centers of international filmmaking—takes center stage at this kick-off event for “Israel at 60,” celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Israeli state. Among the films on view are winners of major awards at the recent Cannes, Berlin, Montreal, Tribeca, Jerusalem, and Sundance Film Festivals.


Beaufort   

Beaufort
Israel, 2007, 120 min.
The last days of a legendary Israeli outpost in Lebanon are brought to harrowing life (and death) in this searing docudrama. Drawing comparisons to All Quiet on the Western Front, the film was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival.... more



The Champagne Spy   

The Champagne Spy
Israel, 2007, 90 min.
Oded is just 12 years old when his father reveals to him that he's a Mossad spy. While anxiously awaiting his return from a top secret mission in Cairo, Oded journeys into the shadowy corners of his father's real and covert identities.... more



Children of the Sun   

Children of the Sun
Israel, 2007, 70 min.
Winner of Best Documentary at the Jerusalem Film Festival, this fascinating collage of archival materials spanning the years 1930–1980, illustrates aspects of the kibbutz movement from its utopian beginnings to ultimate disintegration.... more



Disengagement   

Disengagement
Israel, 2007, 116 min.
Veteran Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai emphasizes the human, rather than political, element in his story about an Israeli French woman (played by Juliette Binoche) who seeks reconciliation in Gaza during forced evacuations.... more



Eight Twenty Eight   

Eight Twenty Eight
Israel, 2007, 60 min.
A personal and poetic look at changes in kibbutz life by a filmmaker trying to decide whether he should remain a member.... more



Jellyfish   

Jellyfish
Israel, 2007, 78 min.
Winner of Cannes’ prestigious Camera d’Or, this tightly constructed, cleverly stylized, serio-comic ensemble piece set in contemporary Tel Aviv offers different story strands that share themes including the need for affection and the struggle to communicate.... more



My Father My Lord   

My Father My Lord
Israel, 2007, 72 min.
An intense character study of an ultra-orthodox Rabbi in Jerusalem whose letter-of-the-law application of Talmudic tenets takes an exacting toll on his life. Best Narrative, Tribeca Film Festival; Best Director, Taormina Film Festival.... more



Noodle   

Noodle
Israel, 2007, 100 min.
This touching comic drama centers on a twice-widowed El Al flight attendant and her quest to reunite a young Chinese boy and his migrant worker mother, who has been summarily deported from Israel.... more



The Quest for the Missing Piece   

The Quest for the Missing Piece
Israel, 2007, 52 min.
A young gay man living in Tel Aviv with his non-Jewish German partner, director Oded Lotan offers a gently humorous fairy tale about the history of circumcision while reflecting on his sexuality and Israeli identity.... more



Sweet Mud   

Sweet Mud
Israel, 2006, 101 min.
For many, the concept of the Israeli kibbutz connotes solidarity, community spirit and romanticism. The reality, however, can be very different. Winner of four Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Sweet Mud makes an interesting complement to the documentary Eight Twenty Eightmore



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