"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.


Thursday, August 26, 2021

Where is Anne Frank? opens the Jerusalem Film Festival

 The Jerusalem Film Festival is well underway in person!  This week, Ari Folman’s new animated feature film, Where is Anne Frank? was screened to thousands at the festival's opening event. You might remember the remarkable critical acclaim given to Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir, also an animated feature film.

His new film, Where is Anne Frank is based on the Diary of Anne Frank,  and brings to life Anne’s imaginary friend, Kitty, to whom she wrote her diary during the period that she was in hiding.  The story offers insights for young viewers into subjects such as fascism and life in hiding.  Knowing Ari Folman, and the political content of his previous film, it is not surprising that the film also touches on a contemporary subject – individual responsibility in regard to others in our society, especially when confronting issues such as racism and human rights.

The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, earlier this year.  Check out this interview with the filmmaker, Ari Folman, talking about the film on youtube.

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