Movie Review – Tikkun

Tikkun Israel (2015) Dir. Avishai Sivan Being an Atheist I will never experience a crisis of faith in God, so I can’t relate to the protagonist of this challenging Israeli drama in that respect. However, I can share his sense of emptiness and lack of direction that I and countless others have felt in our … Continue reading Movie Review – Tikkun

Foxtrot

Foxtrot Israel/Germany/France/Switzerland (2017) Dir. Samuel Maoz War is the cause of much hurt and not always visible either. The mental anguish suffered by those in the midst of battle or at home left to wonder how their loved ones are doing is immeasurable and can’t be calculated or normalised in any way. Everyone reacts differently … Continue reading Foxtrot

Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt Germany (2012) Dir. Margarethe von Trotta “Trying to understand is not the same as forgiveness.” It’s difficult to put a point across successfully to people who can’t - or won’t - spend a moment to actually listen to what you are saying or understand the perspective you are coming from. The once celebrated … Continue reading Hannah Arendt

In Between (Bar Bahar)

In Between (Bar Bahar) Israel (2016) Dir. Maysaloun Hamoud “If you have a dollar, you are worth a dollar; if you have nothing, you are worth nothing” This is just one of the sad but incisive aphorisms you’ll find in this debut feature film from Israeli director Maysaloun Hamoud shared between the three seemingly disparate … Continue reading In Between (Bar Bahar)

Wedding Doll (Hatuna MeNiyar)

Wedding Doll (Hatuna MeNiyar) Israel (2015) Dir. Nitzan Giladi It might surprise people to learn that Israel has quite a robust film industry dating back to the days of silent cinema, and is among the most nominated countries for the Foreign Language Oscar. This debut feature from documentary maker Nitzan Giladi - while not a … Continue reading Wedding Doll (Hatuna MeNiyar)

The ABCs Of Death 2

The ABCs Of Death 2   Various (2014) Dirs. Various It was somewhat inevitable that the horror compendium The ABCs Of Death would spawn a sequel since the concept is so simple - give twenty six directors a letter of the alphabet and have them make a short horror film with something in it relating … Continue reading The ABCs Of Death 2

Big Bad Wolves (Mi mefakhed mehaze’ev hara)

Big Bad Wolves (Mi mefakhed mehaze'ev hara) Israel (2013) Dirs. Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado When a young girl goes missing during a game of hide and seek school teacher Dror (Rotem Keinan) is arrested by the police, and given a beating by detective Micki (Lior Ashkenazi) to reveal the girl’s location. Instead the information … Continue reading Big Bad Wolves (Mi mefakhed mehaze’ev hara)

Yana’s Friends (Ha-Chaverim Shel Yana)

Yana's Friends (Ha-Chaverim Shel Yana) Israel (1999) Dir. Arik Kaplun In 1991, in a small Israeli seaside town where everyone is on tenterhooks over the threat of war from Saddam Hussein, Russian immigrants Yana (Evelyn Kaplun) and Fima (Israel Demidov) arrive at a bijou apartment block, to share with aspiring filmmaker Eli (Nir Levi). Meanwhile … Continue reading Yana’s Friends (Ha-Chaverim Shel Yana)

Fill The Void (Lemale et ha’halal)

Fill The Void (Lemale et ha'halal) Israel (2012) Dir. Rama Burshtein In Tel Aviv's ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community devout 18 year-old Shira (Hadas Yaron) is scouting the man with whom an arrangement has been made for marriage. Her elder sister Esther (Renana Raz) is nine months pregnant when she suddenly collapses during a Purim celebration, dying … Continue reading Fill The Void (Lemale et ha’halal)

Close To Home (Karov La Bayit)

Close To Home (Karov La Bayit) Israel (2005) Dirs. Vardit Bilu & Dalia Hager Jerusalem and the young women of the city are conscripted for military service assisting the Israeli Border Police, mainly patrolling the streets to confirm the IDs of the nationals, catch unregistered Arabs and any potential threats to national security. The outgoing … Continue reading Close To Home (Karov La Bayit)