Israeli Themes

Almost Famous

About the Film 

Mean Girls meets High School Musical when a brainy teenage girl and her pop superstar brother become overnight sensations, in this Israeli teen dramedy, a music-packed look at teenagerhood, exposing the realities of living in a social media world where popularity is everything.

Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
95 minutes

The Cakemaker

About the Film 

Unwittingly united in grief by a closet affair, a gay German baker and his deceased lover’s weary Israeli widow seek mutual catharsis, in this compassionate meditation on the human urge for connection.

Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
105 minutes

The Cousin

About the Film 

An open-minded Israeli questions his liberal convictions when a Palestinian laborer he hired is suspected of a crime, in this hard-hitting, dark comedy that explores the latent prejudice central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
92 minutes

Death in the Terminal

About the Film 

A terrorist attack at an Israeli bus station, and the paranoia-fueled confusion that followed, are deconstructed in tragic minute-by-minute detail in this provocative analysis that portrays the dangers of a hair-trigger society forever on edge. Audience Award and Best Documentary winner at Toronto’s Hot Docs Festival, and Best Documentary Israeli Academy Award winner.

Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
54 minutes

Foxtrot

About the Film 

Israel’s bold, controversial submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, this audacious, brilliantly crafted critique of Israel’s military confronts the absurdity of war through the ordeal of a young Israeli soldier and his grief-stricken parents. Nominated for 13 Israeli Academy Awards.

Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
108 minutes

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

About the Film 

Sports, patriotism, and a journey from has-been wannabes to heroes, play out in this stirring story of the formerly underdog Israeli national baseball team, which includes several Jewish American Major League players, competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic.

Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
85 minutes

Itzhak

About the Film 

This impressionist, fly-on-the-wall portrait, including an intimate view of his family at home, examines the life and glorious music of Israeli-born Itzhak Perlman, widely considered the greatest living violinist.

Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
83 minutes

Longing

About the Film 

A middle-aged bachelor’s world is upended when he learns he has lost a son he didn’t know existed, and he belatedly discovers fatherly love and devotion, in this moving Israeli tragicomedy. Nominated for 13 Israeli Academy Awards including Best Film, and Audience Award and Best Script prizewinner at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
104 minutes

A Quiet Heart

About the Film 

Seeking refuge from the pressures as a classically trained musician, a young, secular Israeli woman confronts dangerous religious fanaticism from ultra-Orthodox neighbors, in this thoughtful, quietly gripping snapshot of Israeli social conflict.

Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
92 minutes

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