The Catalogue

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JUNCTION 48

Release date: 13 February 2016

Junction 48 is the love story of two young Palestinian hip-hop artists who use their music to fight against both the external oppression of Israeli society and the internal repression of their own crime-ridden, conservative community. It depicts a new generation of young Arabs who seek normality through their love and music—and against all odds.

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EWA

Release date: 26/7/2018 (Israel)

Yoel and Eva have been happily married for many years.

Eva is a holocaust survivor and suffers from a heart condition.

When Eva's health deteriorates, Yoel sells off his business and commits to her care. Now that he has the time, he decides to organize his back yard shed.

Looking through old documents, Yoel stumbles upon a bank document informing him of a lien on a piece of property he owns, a property Yoel knows nothing about. When he addresses the bank in the matter, he is told that he should ask his wife since she is signed on the purchase document.

Yoel, not wanting to burden Eva, decides to find out for himself what the property is used for.

This decision will change both their lives forever.

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PAST LIFE

​Release date: 1 December 2016

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.

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BABA JOON

Release date: 15 October 2015

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.

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HANNAH ARENDT

Release date: 4 April 2013

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.

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THE WONDERS

Release date: 6 June 2013

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. 

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THE FLOOD

Release date: 10 March 2011

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.

 

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THIS IS SODOM

Release date: 5 August 2010

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.

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THE MATCHMAKER

Release date: 24 June 2010

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.

The film is inspired by a novel by Amir Gutfreund

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LEBANON

Release Date: 15 October 2009

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.

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HELLO GOODBYE

Release date: 11 June 2009

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.

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LEMON TREE

Release date: 5 June 2009

Salma, a Palestinian widow 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 , 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 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. 

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LOST ISLANDS

Release date: 3 July 2008

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. 

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THE SECRETS

Release date: 14 June 2007

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, 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. 

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BEAUFORT

Release date: 1 March 2007

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. 

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FORGIVENESS

Release date: 21 Sep 2006

David, 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. The ghosts of the murdered villagers try to communicate with David through a Holocaust survivor known as Muselmann, who is a patient in the mental hospital. While Muselmann writes to make David listen to the ghosts, Doctor Shemesh, the chief psychiatrist 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, a Palestinian-American young mother. Amal, her daughter, looks like the girl who David killed. 

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AVIVA MY LOVE

Release date: 27 Jul. 2006

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.

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THE BUBBLE

Release date: 29 June 2006

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?

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METALLIC BLUES

Release date: 31 March 2005

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.

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COLOMBIAN LOVE

Release date: 22 July 2004

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.

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TURN LEFT AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Release date: 26 June 2004

As a family from India moves in to a desert neighborhood in Southern Israel in the 1960's, the family's eldest, beautiful daughter discovers friendship and romance with the lovely local French girl. The film also explores the hardships and surprises that come with the integration of multiple families from different ethnic backgrounds (from the diaspora) and their struggle with immigration and prejudice.

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WALK ON WATER

Release date: 18 March 2004

‘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.

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THE BARBECUE PEOPLE

Release date: 8 May 2003

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. 

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