"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.


Friday, April 1, 2011

Israeli Filmmaking - 2010

Israeli films and filmmakers have been enjoying a tremendous amount of recognition all over the world during these last 15 years. A government increase in funding for filmmaking combined with the establishment of commercial TV have encouraged the growth and development of the industry, leading to a dramatic change in the quantity and quality of the films being produced.
If you are a film-programmer, you might be interested in a listing of my favorite features and documentaries of the past year – many of them are award-winners! The aesthetic of these high-quality, self-critical films, which are characterized by multi-faceted and complex scripts, reflecting a wide diversity of style and substance, have been compared and analyzed on this blog. Check them out using the index.
Feature Films
  • Maya (Michal Bat-Adam)
  • Gei Oni – Valley of Fortitude (Dan Wolman
  • The Matchmaker (Avi Nesher)
  • Infiltration (Dover Kosashvili)
  • Intimate Grammar (Nir Bergman)
  • The Human Resources Manager (Eran Riklis)
  • Mabul (Guy Nattiv)
  • 77 Steps (Ibtisam Mara'ana)
  • The Hangman (Netalie Braun)
  • A Film Unfinished (Yael Hersonski)
  • Precious Life (Shlomi Eldar)
Documentaries Produced Abroad
  • Budrus (Julia Bacha)
  • Strangers no More (Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon)

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