The Israel Forever Foundation is a proud partner of the 3rd Annual
ISRAEL FILM CENTER FESTIVAL 2015
June 4th - June 11th -- New York, NY
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A BORROWED IDENTITY
ARAVIM ROKDIM / Narrative, 105 min / Directed By: Eran Riklis
Based on the books of Sayed Kashua. Eyad, who grew up in an Arab town in Israel, is given the chance to go to a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem. He desperately tries to fit in with his schoolmates and is isolated until Jewish classmate Naomi befriends him. Eyad's other lifeline is Yonatan (Michael Moshonov), whom Eyad is assigned to help with schoolwork. Both are "misfits": one in a wheelchair, the other an Arab. Through love, friendship, tradition, and conflict, Eyad struggles to find his identity.
ANDERSWO (ANYWHERE ELSE)
BEKOL MAKOM ACHER / Narrative, 84 min / Directed By: Ester Amrami
After living for eight years in Berlin, Noa is searching for herself which leads her to spontaneously fly back home to Israel. She faces her past and ironically feels in her old homeland as misunderstood, as she felt in Berlin. When her boyfriend Jörg shows up the two carefully separated worlds of Noa life collide.
APPLES FROM THE DESERT
TAPUCHIM MIN HAMIDBAR / Narrative, 87 min / Directed By: Matti Harari & Arik Lubetzki
Based on the acclaimed novel by Savyon Liebrecht. Rebecca, the only daughter of Ultra Orthodox parents from Jerusalem begins to secretly expose herself to the secular world. Her strict father is suspicious and decides to set her up to marry an older widower. Rebecca needs to escape her world and sets out on a journey that brings her whole family to new places.
IS THAT YOU?
HA'IM ZE ATA? / Narrative, 81 min / Directed By: Dani Menkin
After Ronnie (alon Abutbul) is fired from his job at the age of 60, he sets off to America in search of his childhood love. His road trip across the ins and outs of multiple states turns into a life changing journey.
KICKING OUT SHOSHANA
SHOSHANA HALUTZ MERKAZI / Narrative, 100 min / Directed By: Shay Kanot
In the conservative city of Jerusalem, Ami Shoshan, an Israeli football player, is forced by a mafia boss to pose as a homosexual, a punishment for flirting with the criminal's girlfriend. Shoshan is banned by players and fans of his team, but becomes a hero of the gay community.
THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER
HA'GANENET / Narrative, 120 min / Directed By: Nadav Lapid
A kindergarten teacher discovers in a five year-old child a prodigious gift for poetry. Amazed and inspired by this young boy, she decides to protect his talent in spite of everyone.
NEXT TO HER
AT LI LAILA / Narrative, 90 min / Directed By: Asaf Korman
Chelli is single handedly raising her sister Gabby (Dana Ivgy) who has developmental disabilities. When Chelli meets a man, her complicated life gets further tangled and her relationship with her sister begins to play a new role.
ZERA KODESH / Documentary, 60 min / Directed By: Ori Gruder
An eye-opening documentary exploring one of the biggest taboos in Judaism. The ultra-orthodox director candidly searches his community of parents and rabbis on how to educate their male children about sex and how to keep the commandments that call to ubstane.
Narrative, 110 min / Directed By: Efraim Kishon
This sharp, often hilarious satire that became the most successful film in Israeli history, is about new immigrants Sallah and his family, who are left in a shack near their promised apartment and are abandoned for months. A Yemenite Jewish family that was flown to Israel during "Operation Magic Carpet"--a clandestine operation that flew 49,000 Yemenite Jews to Israel the year after the state was formed--is forced to move to a government settlement camp. The patriarch of the family, portrayed by Chaim Topol, tries to make money and get better housing, in a country that can barely provide for its own and is in the midst absorbing hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees from Arab countries. This hilarious portrayal of immigrants in Israel won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, putting Israel on the international film stage for the first time.
CLOSING NIGHT: SELF MADE
BOREG / Narrative, 89 min / Directed By: Shira Gefen
The story of two women, one an Israeli artist and the other a Palestinian who works for a furniture company. they are both trapped within their respective worlds. When the artist finds her furniture is missing a screw, the two women's worlds collide and they find themselves living the life of the other on the opposite side of the border.
Documentary, 81 min / Directed By: Paul Hirschberger
America's favorite sport is spreading to Israel and bringing together a diverse cast of characters. Israeli Jews, Muslims and Christians as well as Americans living in Israel, and religious settlers all playing together, shows how sports can be a unifier in a complex, multifaceted society.
Narrative, 82 min / Directed By: Riki Shelach
Based on a true story. In 1948, six weeks after the state of Israel was established and amidst the chaos of the formation of a new military force, Captain Meyer Tuvianski was accused of treason. He was arrested, tried, sentenced, and executed, only to be exonerated one year later.
NOAR / Drama, 107 min / Directed By: Tom Shoval
Two teenaged brothers share a strong, almost telepathic connection. They Feel their family is falling apart due to a financial crisis. They decide to take action, and kidnap a young classmate.