"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, June 2, 2017

"State-Less" Comes to Local Cinematheques

If you do film programming, you know that documentaries about musicians and artists can be very attractive to your audience.  State-Less, directed by Sharon Hoter-Ishay, is a new and award-winning art-film about an artist-musician named Adi Khavous.  The film is currently playing at Cinematheques around Israel.

Adi Khavous has been living in Montreal for years.  He sings and plays with a talented hard rock group – the SpoonLickers -- but admits that it barely pays to support him.  When he comes home to Israel for a visit, he stays with friends, since his father is living in France and his mother lives in a spiritual center.  

Adi is a compelling and unique human being, with a tendency towards personal introspection and a mischievous upcurl in his hair.  He is quite off-beat, living a life of unease and loneliness, searching for meaning and belonging.  He says he doesn’t feel comfortable abroad, and he doesn’t feel comfortable back in Israel.  He does wall art – a sophisticated and meaningful form of art for public consumption, much more provocative than graffiti – and large-scale installations.  And he dreams of becoming a success in the music world – and at the end of the film, he does find a new kind of success, but not the one he has envisioned!

State-Less offers a special look at a special figure -- a documentary (48 minutes) available directly from the filmmaker – state.less.is.wow@gmail.com or check out the website.www.State-Less.com

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