"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.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Ma'aleh Film wins prize

I have often written about student films or "shorts".  They are in some ways a wonderful reflection of what the younger generation is talking about and thinking about.  

Just recently, Efrat Kaufman's Why Does the Sun (22 minutes, 2011), a film from the Ma'aleh Film School (for religious filmmakers), was awarded 1st prize at the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival!   This is a sweet film about a religious girl, studying at a girls' school (ulpana) where she just can't walk the straight and narrow.  The principal gives her a warning, calling her "unsuitable" for the school -- due to her tardiness, absences, the length of her skirt, and the fact that she's hanging around with a fellow, who even though he's religious, is a low life in the eyes of the principal!  The ending is a fantasy which makes the film into a whimsical look at the issues of fitting in for a girl at a very classical and rigid boarding school.

The film is available from Ma'aleh Film School. 

No comments: