2023 EventS grid
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Director(s): Talya Lavie
100 min |
A smash hit in Israel and winner of the Best Narrative Feature Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, Zero Motivation is a unique, sharply observed, sometimes dark and often hilarious portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female soldiers in a remote Israeli desert outpost. Playing out like M*A*S*H meets Orange is the New Black, Talya Lavie's brilliant debut details the power struggles of three women with different agendas and very little to do. Pencil-pushers in the Human Resources Office, best friends Zohar (Dana Ivgy) and Daffi (Nelly Tagar) spend their time playing video games, singing pop songs, jousting with stationery and dreaming of Tel Aviv. The indolent twosome are watched over by their aspiring senior officer, Rama (Shani Klein), who dreams of a higher position and a significant military career, but with a platoon of unskilled, idle, female soldiers without any drive under her charge, her ambitions for promotion are constantly thwarted.
Director(s): Avi Nesher
110 min |
Comedy, Drama, Romance
A group of families emigrate from India to Israel in the late sixties, seeking a better life in what they believe to be the first outpost of the West in Asia. To their surprise, they are sent to a new settlement in the middle of the desert, populated mostly by Moroccan Jews. The two cultures clash as the group tries to integrate into the community, and are faced by harsh realities. But despite the conflicts and prejudices, a strong friendship develops between two girls from opposite sides of the struggle. The film finds a perfect combination between humor and sentiment in a very real and very difficult situation.
Director(s): Dover Kosashvili
102 min |
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Zaza (Lior Ashkenazi in his breakthrough role) is a 31-year old Israeli bachelor, handsome and intelligent, and his family wants to see him married. But tradition dictates that Zaza has to choose a young virgin. She must be beautiful and from a good family, preferably rich. Zaza's parents, Yasha and Lily, drag Zaza to meet potential brides and their families. Zaza has no choice. He plays along with his family, advocates of the suffocating traditions of their Georgian Jewish heritage. But Zaza always manages to somehow get out of being engaged. What his parents don't know is that Zaza is already in love. Judith is sensuous, strong and intriguing. She's also a divorcee with a 6-year-old daughter. So Zaza has kept Judith a secret from his family. He will have to choose between respect for the strict confines of family and tradition, or the love of his life. Israel's submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 74th Academy Awards.
Director(s): Ephraim Kishon
95 min |
A madman escapes from the asylum in Tel-Aviv, and starts digging a canal right in the middle of one of the main streets. Due to the bureaucratic mess in the city administration, not only does nobody try to stop him, he actually receives the help of the police, the city engineer, etc. The one city clerk who finds out what is really going on is, of course, declared insane...
Director(s): Boaz Davidson
88 min |
Comedy, Drama, Romance
The film is a romantic comedy which takes place in Israel during the Austerity period of the 1950s. The main hero is Alex, a 13 year old boy who is about to attend his Bar Mitzvah. Alex has a typical Polish mother and father that suffer quietly. On account of the difficult economic situation they are compelled to share their apartment with a Persian tenant named Faruk that tries to fight his baldness by means of different creams. Alex falls in love with the new girl in his class, Mimi. Everything changes when his aunt Lola arrives in Israel from Poland to search for a lost love. They were together when she lived in Poland but he vanished when Nazis conquered the country. Alex falls for his aunt and she on her part gives him more than just maternal love. The film describes in the exact form the atmosphere that dominated the country in the 1950s, known as the Austerity in Israel including, the black market, the radio broadcasts concentrating on the search for lost relatives, music of the 1950s, the clothes and dresses and pastimes.
FREE IN-PERSON ONLY EVENT
60 min |
Friend of AJFF and Harry Ransom Center docent Laraine Lasdon will lead a FREE, IN PERSON private AJFF tour of the "Drawing the Motion Picture" exhibition. Explore the beauty and complexity of moviemaking through sketches, storyboards, and designs that illuminate the production of motion pictures from the silent era to the present day in this new exhibition from the Harry Ransom Center. Rare concept paintings, set designs, storyboards, scripts, film stills, correspondence, and more tell a visual story of the production of your favorite films, bringing a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the creative process of filmmaking. Behind-the-scenes stories of some of the biggest films in more than 100 years of cinema history are revealed through the artworks and designs that shaped their final form. See production art associated with iconic movies like Rebel Without a Cause, Raging Bull, Top Gun, Apollo 13, and Lawrence of Arabia, many connected with innovative directors like Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, Mike Nichols, Michael Powell, Nicholas Ray, Martin Scorsese, Stephen Spielberg, King Vidor, and more.
Director(s): Shemi Zarhin
129 min |
Avihu, a controversial TV host, is back from suspension in the height of the prime minster election campaign. The leading candidate is his former beloved pupil and the son of the former prime minster, who is keeping silent. He isn't the only one who is silent, Avihu's mother miraculously stopped talking. Caught in the whirlwind of their silence Avihu is on a path to his own reckoning. Includes AJFF interview with Esti Zakheim.
Director(s): Asaf Kobrovsky
93 min |
Three very different shipping containers are mistakenly mixed up resulting in a scramble to find the correct trailer. Johnny Saloniki, the innocent son of a mafiosa, is pulled into the family business to find the missing trailers before time runs out. HUMMUS FULL TRAILER is a colorful and hilarious look at how a couple of Arabs, Gay florists and orthodox Jews discover each other’s secrets all while trying to keep a wedding on track, hitmen away, and flowers alive.
Director(s): Snow R. Shai
96 min |
Filmmaker Snow R. Shai interviews the crème de la crème of Israel’s winemakers, and the Israeli wine industry is revealed in all its glory with something to be learned by even the most ardent oenophile. From the ancient wine presses carved in stone to the vineyard-studded landscapes that grace much of Israel, the images in this film are a feast for the eyes. If you don’t think of Israel as a serious wine region, you will after watching this. The second part of the film covers the dilemmas of kosher wine production in Israel: Is it good for the Jews? Does it help the wineries in exporting wine abroad or harm their ability to break into non-kosher markets? Does the production of kosher wine harm the quality of the wine? Like Israel as a whole, this film reveals that even wine can be a complex topic. Includes Q&A with director Snow Shai.