"World Cinema: Israel"

My book, "World Cinema: Israel" (originally published in 1996) is available from Amazon on "Kindle", with an in-depth chapter comparing and analyzing internationally acclaimed Israeli films up to 2010.

Want to see some of the best films of recent years? Just scroll down to "best films" to find listings of my recommendations.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Human Resources Manager

Last night, the big winner of the Israeli Oscars (Ophir Prizes) was The Human Resources Manager, directed by Eran Riklis. The film won awards for best film, best scriptwriter and best director. The winner of the Ophir Prize for best film automatically becomes the Israeli entry to the American Academy Awards. The film was also the big winner at Locarno this year.

Riklis is a local filmmaker who has made himself a reputation internationally with Cup Final, Syrian Bride and The Lemon Tree. This time his film is a literary adaptation, based on a novel by A.B. Yehoshua (called Woman of Jerusalem), script by Noah Stollman (who also wrote the script for Someone to Run With).

The film, which tells the story of a form of personal atonement for how we treat foreign workers in our midst, will open to the Israeli public after the holiday of Succot.

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