Life in Israel

Advocate

About the Film 
In this DocAviv best film winner, a controversial Jewish lawyer pushes Israeli courts to the limit in an unwavering defense of Palestinian rights. For nearly 50 years, Lea Tsemel has represented Palestinian prisoners in what she views as a rigged legal system. High-profile court cases are juxtaposed with flashbacks to her leftist awakening and attempts to raise a family, as this outspoken anti-establishment figure is astutely examined.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
114 minutes

Africa

About the Film 

An Israeli retiree seeks to restore his sense of purpose in this tender, lovingly observed Haifa Film Festival top prize winner. Slipping into the sunset of life isn’t easy for crusty but softhearted Meir, a former engineer who now toils away crafting a bed for his grandson, and devastated when a younger cohort takes over organizing a traditional community ceremony. This low-key gem proves a profound contemplation on aging and transition.

Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
82 minutes

The Art of Waiting

About the Film 
In this sweetly funny romance-dramedy, a 30-something Israeli couple has baby fever, putting their marriage to the test in a frenzy to get pregnant. The biological clock ticks as they begin protracted fertility treatments, a physical and emotional rollercoaster of medical procedures and regimented lovemaking. It’s soon clear the road to parenthood is not easy, in this frank portrayal of modern pregnancy.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
91 minutes

Aulcie

About the Film 
One of Israel’s top athletes captures the nation’s spirit while prevailing against the odds, in this exciting bio of a basketball icon. From Harlem’s courts to Maccabi Tel Aviv ‘76, Aulcie Perry helped Israel win its first European Championship. But fame led to a dramatic downfall, then ultimate redemption, for this superstar who put Israeli basketball on the map.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
72 minutes

Back to Maracanã

About the Film 
Three generations seek to reconcile on a hasty trip to Brazil, in this heartfelt dramedy. Divorced, his business failing, Roberto—a Brazilian expat in Israel—takes his anxious son and impetuous father to Rio to watch Brazil’s World Cup quest. While mending their fraught relationships, the trio’s rocky journey reveals vital life lessons and long-buried secrets.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
92 minutes

Born in Jerusalem and Still Alive

About the Film 
In a deft blend of dark comedy and quirky romance, a loveless, neurotic schlemiel finds emotional healing while gigging as a Jerusalem tour guide. When not caring for his doddering father, Ronen copes by offering free tours of famous terror attack sites along Jaffa Road…until he meets high-spirited Asia, an architecture student. Suddenly more alive, Ronen faces a worrying choice, in this droll take on the absurdity of everyday life in Israel.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
83 minutes

Crescendo

About the Film 
A famous conductor assembling an orchestra of Israeli and Palestinian youth for a Mideast peace summit, finds a tempest of deep discord. Corralling the young artists, sworn enemies from the Arab-Israeli divide, is easier said than done, in this potent drama, with an amazing cast of non-actors, led by veteran Peter Simonischek.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
112 minutes

Exodus

About the Film 
The birth of modern Israel gets the big-budget, Hollywood treatment in this exhilarating epic featuring an all-star ensemble. Paul Newman is Israeli resistance leader Ari Ben Canaan, who defies a British blockade to smuggle Jewish refugees to Palestine. Once ashore, he falls for an American nurse, Kitty (Eva Marie Saint), as they risk their lives for the Zionist cause. Otto Preminger’s lavish production includes standout supporting performances from Lee J. Cobb and Sal Mineo, as well as Ernest Gold’s Academy Award-winning score.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
208 minutes

Flawless

About the Film 
A sisterhood of outcasts seeks to remake themselves in this provocative, poignant, coming-of-age dramedy, wherein the trio goes to queasy extremes to bankroll cosmetic surgery and prom dresses. This beguiling, cautionary tale of self-discovery and prejudice features a standout performance by the first transgender woman nominated for Israel’s top acting prize.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
97 minutes

Golda

About the Film 
Israel’s only female prime minister defends her clouded legacy in this engrossing portrait backboned by a surprisingly candid, unaired TV interview buttressed by testimonials from devotees and detractors alike, which charts Golda’s trailblazing rise to power and her tragic demise.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
88 minutes

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