Israeli Film Festival
Passover Fever 1995
Producers: Amitan Manelson, Michael Sharfstein
Screenplay: Shemi Zarhin
Photography: Amnon Zalait
Editor: Einat Glaser-Zarhin
Music: Adi Cohen
Winner: Best Screenplay, 1995
days under one roof, one family, one legendary tradition going back three
thousand years - Passover.
The stories of Yona, Michael, their children and grandchildren mix and mingle,
creating a merry-go-round of emotions: love, betrayal, longing, anger, laughter
and tears, accompanied by songs and a great deal of food. Passover Fever is
a sad comedy within a colourful world, a dream house amidst greenery and
flowers with moments of fantasy within the stark reality of the frustrated
lives of everyone in this family.
- 12th Israfest
Jana’s Friends 1998
By Arik Kaplun
Awards: Awards of the Israeli Film Academy - Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, Jerusalem Film Festival - Best Israeli Feature, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Award of Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention and Best Actress, WorldFest Houston - Gold Award
Yitzhak, a handicapped old man, is forced, by his granddaughter, to pose as a beggar. Jana, a beautiful, young pregnant girl, rooms with Eli, an Israeli film student. He is attracted to her Eastern European tenderness but she rejects him because of his macho Israeli arrogance.
Rosa, Eli and Jana’s landlord, has become tougher over the years: she lost contact with her lover, Yitzhak, during World War ll, and her son died in the Yom Kippur War. The Two couples are reunited during the scud attacks in a sealed room and find a common bond: their wish that the war would continue. But can the romances last?
Kaplun has written and directed extensively for television and films. In 1987,
his student short film, SOLO FOR TUBA, was nominated for an Oscar in the
student film category. Kaplun has also taught directing at the Camera Obscura film school and the Open University.
Hahesder – Time of Favor
By Joseph Cedar
Inspired by a true
story, Hahesder follows Menachem, a religious army officer, who is falsely
accused of planning to bomb a mosque in
Torn between his loyalty to his rabbi, his love for his rabbi’s daughter, and his duty as a commanding officer, Menachem finds that he can only really be loyal to himself.
Joesph Cedar was
By Amos Gitai
Rivka and Meir are still deeply in love even after ten years of marriage. They are also Childless in a community, where bearing children is the essence of marriage. When Meir’s rabbi begins to pressure him to abandon his wife for a fertile woman, the couple is torn by the agonizing conflict between their abiding love and devotion to their religion.
Meanwhile Malka is
in love with Yaakov, who was vanished from the Community. When the rabbi decides that she should marry
his loyal beadle Yosef instead, she agrees to go through with the wedding
despite her belief that there is a life outside this tightly knit
community. As the film progresses, the situations
become more complex and emotional, taking on the sober quality of tragedy
against the backdrop of
Gitai while training as an architect at the
His films include such Israeli classics as
Esther (1995), Berlin-Jerusalem (1989), Golem: The Spirit of Exile (1992), the
Vulcan Junction 2000
by Eran Riklis
This film follows
nine days in the lives of four young Israelis living in an Indusrial area in
But Dalia is also
in love with Elbaz, a talented soccer player, who’s about to head off to
Mr Eran Riklis is the award winning director of numerous television series
and documentaries, and four feature films. Cup Final (1991) was an international success, distributed worldwide for theatrical and television release, while Zohar (1993), was the most successful Israeli film of the 1990s.
(2000) Mr. Riklis’s fourth film, is a nostalgic look back at