"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.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Best Israeli Feature Films of 2014

It's that time of year, when I choose my favorite feature films of the year!  Happy New Year!

There were about 35 new feature films that premiered in Israel this year!  Many of the films were made by or about women.  Some were political.  Some were historical.  The following are the ones that I think were the best!! 

Political Statements

  • ·         Dancing Arabs by Eran Riklis - drama about issues of identity of Israeli Arabs, based on a book by Israeli columnist and author, Sayed Kashua
  • ·         Self-Made by Shira Gefen - political drama about two women and a checkpoint
  • ·         Sweets by Joseph Pitchhadze - political drama

About Women

  • ·         Orange People by Hannah Azoulai-Hasafari -- ethnic drama about superstition
  • ·         Zero Motivation by Talya Lavie - comedy about women in the military
  • ·         Gett by Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz -- courtroom drama about a woman applying for a divorce which can only be granted by the ultra-orthodox rabbinate

Family Issues

  • ·         Hill Start by Oren Stern - comedy about father-son relations
  • ·         The Farewell Party by Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon - about growing old

Migrant Workers

  • ·         Manpower by Noam Kaplan - about African refugees and migrant workers

Historical Drama

  • ·         Farewell Baghdad by Nissim Dayan -- about the Jewish community of Baghdad during the period immediately following the establishment of the State of Israel, based on the best-selling novel by well-known Israeli author, Eli Amir

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