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.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Best Films of 2016
It’s that time of
year! Here is my lineup of my favorite Israeli
films of the past year.
All of them are
wonderful films and not to be missed!
48- directed by Udi Aloni and featuring Arab
rapper, Tamer Nafar.About the frustrations of living in a
divided society, and about the meeting point between Israelis and Palestinians
within Israeli society.
Storm – directedby
Elite Zexer – about Bedouin women living in the northern Negev, this is a gritty and authentic picture
of life for the women, a prizewinner at Sundance.
Wall– directed by Rama Burshtein (Fill the Void) - an impressive comedy drama about providence, faith,
matchmaking, and a woman’s desire for marriage, all on the backdrop of life
within the haredi (ultra-orthodox) community in Israel.
·Past Life– directed by veteran filmmaker, Avi
Nesher (Dizengoff ‘99, Secrets, Turn Left at the End of the World, Wonders)
– tells the story of two sisters in 1970s Israel who unravel the dark mystery
of their father’s life during the Holocaust, based on the true story of Ella Sheriff.
·The Women’s Balcony (Yismach Hatani)--Emil Ben Shimon’s debut
film about the Sephardi modern Orthodox community in Jerusalem, a warning about
the dangers of religious fanaticism.
Week and a Day- Asaph Polonsky’s debut feature - winner
of the Critics' Week award at Cannes 2016, a quirky tragi-comedy about fathers and sons, family issues,
Princess Shaw -- directed by Ido Haar – triumphant story of
how an African American singer goes viral when she is discovered on-line by Kutiman,
an Israeli musical phenomenon.
Gonna Love Me Now? -- directed by Barak Heymann and Tomer
Heymann – a soul-searching documentary about Saar Maoz, a 40-year-old Israeli gay man living in London.
Nagler -- directed by Mor Kaplansky – creative
documentary story of a Jewish family in 1920s Berlin.
Farag– directed by Kobi Farag - about a family from Baghdad, who emigrated to Israel in the 1950s, and
eventually became successful in their family business of wedding and events
Gurion – Epilogue– directed by Yariv Mozer – about an extraordinary visionary, who he was and
what he believed.
·Tel Aviv Live– directed by Nellu
Cohen -- a stupendous film about art and artists and about what is unique in
the culture of a city.