Past Life tracks the daring late 1970s odyssey of two sisters - an introverted classical musician and a rambunctious scandal sheet journalist - as they unravel a shocking wartime mystery that has cast a dark shadow on their entire lives.
Baba Joon takes place in An agricultural village in the outskirts of the Israeli Negev desert, populated solely by Jews who immigrated from Iran. The villagers preserve their Persian culture; they speak Farsi and maintain their codes of honor, modesty and simplicity, and accept the authority of the father of the family, virtually without dispute. Our hero is MOTI, an only child whose family owns a turkey farm. In Moti's Family, where Patriarch honor comes before anything else, Moti is at the mercy of his father YITZHAK, and the judgmental gaze of his Baba. Both demand that Moti continue the family legacy and gradually take over the farm work. Moti rebels and refuses to accept the fate his family has dictated for him.
Our film portrays HANNAH ARENDT during the four years, (1960-64), that she reported, wrote, and endured the furious reception for her work about the trial of Adolf Eichmann: the famous Nazi war criminal who was kidnapped by the Israelis in Argentina and then tried, and sentenced to death, in Jerusalem. Arendt wrote Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil first as a five-part series for the New Yorker, and later published it as a book. This Report instantly created an international scandal.
A mysterious holy man – possibly a prophet, possibly a crook, probably both – is held prisoner in a dark and musty Jerusalem slum apartment. His next door neighbor is a cool cat Graffiti artist, who is reluctantly drawn into this real life film noir plot. Shockingly enough, it is all inspired by a true story.
Everything is complicated in Yoni's life. He's almost 13, real gifted, but physically undeveloped and struggles daily to grow up before his threatening up-coming Bar Mitzva; He sells homework in order to secretly buy a body building wonder powder, which so far does nothing, he stretches every night with heavy weight tied to his legs and screams with full force in front of the wind to thicken his girlish, unstable voice, that gave him the ridiculous nick name - Helium. His new classmates, a year older and two heads taller, bully him at every chance they get and his parents barely say a word to each other and communicate through him, if at all. As if all this isn't enough - only a week before the ceremony - his autistic brother, Tomer, 17, hidden for years in a hostel that is now shut down - returns home. This shakes not only Yoni's life, but the unstable foundation of the entire family.
THIS IS SODOM recounts the story of the birth of the Jewish people and the advent of monotheism on the backdrop of the last week in history of the infamous city of Sodom, the entertainment, gambling, sex and corruption capital of biblical times.
A close look reveals that the biblical reality is no different from our reality today. A jungle of wheeling and dealing, where it’s every man for himself: The father of the nation extorts God to save Lot, his relative, the evil king of Sodom proves authority will corrupt even the one righteous man in the city, Lot’s Wife redefines opportunism, and even the angels assigned to do justice discover that scruples are of no consequence when the heat is on.
Set in 1968, an Israeli born teenage boy gets a summer job with a Holocaust survivor who makes ends meet by brokering marriages and smuggling goods. The Matchmaker’s office is located in the back of a rundown movie theater, run by seven Romanian dwarfs (true story!!!) who were saved from the gas chambers by the infamous doctor Mengale. The dwarfs run nothing but romantic Indian movies in the theater, and may or may not be aware of the drama unfolding in the back.
Throughout the summer, the mysterious Matchmaker takes the boy on a dangerous coming of age ride into the deepest and darkest urban underbelly of Haifa – where love assumes surprising shapes and forms, and history is transformed into mythology.
June, 1982 – The First Lebanon War. A lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town – a simple mission that turns into a hair-raising nightmare. The four members of a tank crew find themselves in a violent situation that they cannot contain, motivated by fear and the basic instinct of survival, they desperately try not to lose themselves in the chaos of war.
Alain and Gisèle Gaash upper class Parisians in their fifties, have been married for thirty years! They are Jewish and have a son who will soon get married with a Catholic. It’s time to think about it all…
They decide to go to Israel, in search for their identity. This trip appears to be idyllic, a perfect honeymoon. Against the opinion of their friends and family, they decide to settle there, and start their live all over again.
But reality quickly appears to be different from their dream: housing problems, difficulties of finding a job, local mood... The couple starts to fall apart. While Gisele finds her way through spirituality, Alain is left apart.
A well known Gynecologist in Paris, he will only find a car washer position in a luxury hotel. Gisele, on her side, starts developing an ambiguous complicity with a young, gorgeous and athletic rabbi. Alain is starting to seriously worry about his marriage, especially the day Gisèle advises him to get circumcise.
Alain makes all the possible efforts to adapt, but he encounters more and more problems and Gisele seems more and more distant everyday...Alain is ready to pack and get back to France, as for Gisèle, she wants to stay. But they will end up understanding that the most important of all is love, true love, here or anywhere else.
Salma, a Palestinian widow - living there for decades - has to stand up against her new neighbor, the Israeli Defence Minister, when he moves into his new house opposite her lemon grove, on the green line border between Israel and the West Bank. The Israeli security forces are quick to declare that Salma's trees pose a threat to the Ministers safety and issue orders to uproot them. Together with Ziad Daud, a young Palestinian lawyer, Salma goes all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court to try and save her trees. Her struggle raises the interest of Mira Navon, the Defence Minister's wife, trapped in her new home and in an unhappy life. Despite their differences, and the borders between them, the two women develop an invisible bond, while forbidden ties grow stronger between Salma and Ziad. Salmas legal and personal journey lead her deep into the complex, dark and sometimes funny chaos of the ongoing struggle in the Middle East, in which all players find themselves alone in their struggle to survive. As usual, the Palestinian cause is dismissed, the movie ends with the Israeli wife moving out (obviously separating from her husband), a tall concrete wall has been built between the two properties and a final camera shot shows us half the trees have been cut right down.
The year is 1980. The Levis, a large family with a unique lifestyle, live in what was then a rather naive State of Israel. Mr. Levi lectures his children daily on the importance of fulfilling their dreams, while his wife preaches absolute family loyalty. The family’s twin boys both fall in love with a new girl in town. Erez, our hero, discovers how difficult it is to balance family loyalty against fulfillment of one’s personal dreams. Matters become increasingly complicated when Erez somehow causes a severe family crisis. Beset by guilt feelings, he attempts to escape his fate, somehow exchanging dreams with his twin brother. He is drafted into a commando unit of the Israeli Army, just as his brother always dreamed of doing, while Ofer remains at home to take care of his broken family and has an affair with the love of Erez’s life. Can Erez challenge destiny? Of what value is the life of someone who does not fulfill his dreams? These are the questions addressed in the nostalgic autobiographical film Lost Islands.
Naomi, the brilliant and pious daughter of an orthodox rabbi finds herself at a crossroads of life choices when her mother dies and she is expected to marry her father's prodigy. She begs that her father allow her one year to study at a women's religious seminary in order to prepare for the sacrifices she will make as a wife and her father relents.
Devout yet lively, her life begins to take an unexpected turn as she and her new school mate, Michelle, befriend a beautiful, mysterious older woman, Anouk (Fanny Ardant), who lives nearby, who may or may not be Jewish, is ill, and may be guilty of a crime of passion. Naomi devises a series of rituals which will somehow purge Anouk of her sins. Eventually this journeys into the forbidden and leads to a growing attraction between the two girls and more crossroads are faced. the Secrets explores the complexities of a religious lifestyle in a vibrant environment of youth, rebellion and desire.
In a small enclave, an isolated cage in the heart of enemy territory, in the back yard of a magnificent ancient Crusader fortress, stands the Beaufort outpost.
Beaufort personified the most disputed of Israel’s wars and was a symbol of Israeli control in Lebanon, but it was also a myth of heroism upon which generations were raised, and for which many lost their lives. There, on the mountaintop, completely cut off from anything familiar, was a boy-soldier’s state - with its own rules and colorful language, where fear reigned but youthful innocence and happiness too had a hold.
That was the way things were until May 24, 2000. On that night, the outpost was demolished – blown up with a thousand mines. A huge explosion lit up the sky as the Israeli army withdrew and 18 years of occupation came to an end.
BEAUFORT tells the true story of LIRAZ LIBERTI, the 22 year-old outpost commander, and his troops in the months before Israel pulled out of Lebanon.
This is not a story of war, but of retreat. This is a story with no enemy, only an amorphous entity that drops bombs from the skies while terrified young soldiers must find a way to carry out their mission until their very last minutes on that mountaintop. As LIRAZ lays the explosives which would destroy that very same structure that his friends had died defending, he witnesses the collapse of all he's been taught as an officer, and his soldier's mental and physical disintegration.
While the film is an accurate account of the events that occurred on the Beaufort in the months before the Israeli withdrawal, it is also the story of any battle in any war: it's about young people who are asked to give their lives for a mountain that will soon lose its significance. And it's about fear: contagious, intoxicating, palpable fear, a word LIRAZ never allowed himself to utter.
David (Itay Tiran), a young American Jew, joins the Israeli army and finds himself shooting a Palestinian girl. He is committed to a mental institution that sits on top of the ruins of a Palestinian Village (Deir Yassin). The ghosts of the murdered villagers try to communicate with David through a Holocaust survivor known as Muselmann (Moni Moshonov) who is a patient in the mental hospital. While Muselmann writes to make David listen to the ghosts, Doctor Shemesh, the chief psychiatrist (Makram Khoury) gives David a new anti-trauma drug that eliminates a problematic part of his memory. David's father, a Holocaust survivor as well, tries to rescue his son by bringing him to New York, where David treats himself with the drug and tries to live a normal life. There, David falls in love with Lila (Clara Khoury), a Palestinian-American young mother. Amal, her daughter, looks like the girl who David killed. Will David escape his trauma by drawing his own destiny? Will he discover that, even in New York, he is haunted by his demons?
Aviva a 39 year old cook in a hotel in Tiberias, has a lifelong dream that is finally about to be fulfilled. All her life she has kept her great talent for writing a secret until one day, with the help of her supportive sister Anita, it is brought to the attention of Oded, a well known writer, who takes her under his wing, promising to turn her into an accomplished author.
The long journey of making her dream come true changes her life and that of those she loves: her unemployed husband, her unhappy children, her unstable mother and especially her sister, an extremely amusing woman with dreams of her own.
The movie follows a group of young friends in the city of Tel Aviv and is as much a love song to the city as it is an exploration of the claim that people in Tel Aviv are isolated from the rest of the country and the turmoil it's going through. The movie looks at young people's lives in Tel Aviv through the POVs of gays and straights, Jews and Arabs, men and women. It all begins when Noam, a young Israeli soldier, serves in the reserve forces and meets at a check point a Palestinian young man called Ashraf. Following an incident during which Noam misplaces his ID card at the check point, Ashraf shows up on the doorstep of the apartment that Noam shares with a gay man and a straight woman. How will the meeting affect all of their lives?
An amazing tragicomic road-movie, Metallic Blues is about two Israeli car dealers who risk it all by going to Germany to sell a collectible 1985 metallic blue Lincoln Continental Limousine. Dreaming of a better life with the huge amount of money they hope to obtain in Hamburg, they live a touching tale of mishaps, friendship and reconciliation and find out the most unexpected personal and historical truths.
What is the Israeli man like when he’s looking for true love?
This is the story of three best friends trying to bridge over the gap between lust, love and marriage. Rough, and terribly cool army officer Omer, is finding it hard to follow his wife’s procreation plans. She’s his first love, but is she his true love? Sentimental and soft Ori can’t break away from his conservative father, until his new wife sets an ultimatum. Spiritual Zydan, not interested in any of the above, suffers from heart failure. His guru suggests he sets out on a voyage to find true love…
They’ve been to the army; they’ve seen it all. They are handsome and manly, but also unbelievably immature. Three forms of a complex and vulnerable Israeli man struggling with the best of all emotions: love.
The year is 1969. Into a small town in the Israeli desert, inhabited mostly by Moroccan immigrants, come a few Indian families – who have immigrated to Israel seeking a better life in the West. Not only do the Indians end up in a place distant from the mythical “West” – they also find themselves embroiled in a culture war with the Moroccans.
The passionate and temperamental Moroccans – who consider themselves “French” – look down on the dark skinned Indians. The reserved and quiet Indians, who consider themselves “British” – think of the Moroccans as uncouth ruffians.
In order to assert their imperial identity, the Indians put together a rag tag cricket team. The Moroccans, who take the game as a ritualistic act of condensation, do their utmost to disrupt. The desperate Indians beg the British consulate for used equipment. The British, surprised that anyone shows interest in “their” game at this secluded part of the world, send equipment, and, as post-colonial good will gesture, also dispatch a British team to play a friendly match against the town’s squad. Though completely unfamiliar with the rules of the game, Moroccans join the effort to put, the town on the map.
Much hilarity ensues as old enemies cross cultural mine fields and two teenage girls - a Moroccan and an Indian - discover the sexual revolution of the Sixties.
‘Walk on Water’ is a psychological thriller, a story of a relationship between a Mossad agent who is the son of holocaust survivors and German brother and sister who are the grandchildren of a famous Nazi. It is a contemporary relationship story dealing with the next generations, the young Israelis and Germans, who live in the shadow cast on their nations by the Holocaust. It is a movie about forgiving, about coming to terms with the past, but also a story of a relationship between a straight and a gay man.
Israel in the late 80s: the first Intifada events. A wild barbecue feast takes place on the green hills bordering a small workers town, as an immigrant Iraqi family celebrates the 40th Independence Day.
As it moves through the different stories of the family members, the plot portrays a complex past where different individual stories intersect and are revealed in a new light. Throughout the story, step by step, the past intermingle with the present. We understand that 40 years ago, beneath the green hill on which the joyful barbeque takes place now, once stood a Palestine village and an Israeli bunker. Now everything is green. These individual stories, so strange and yet so typical, intertwine so as to weave the story of a family, which, in turn, partakes in the epos of a nation, the epos of Israel.
The film’s major actors are non-actors. It was shot in film 35, and combines direct documentary monologues in video, that cut the story and add an authentic-documentary touch to the complex fiction structure.