March 1, 2007
Israel’s ‘grande dame’ grows up on the big screen
(Page 2 - Previous Page)"She is tremendous, a feisty fighter for the cause of Israeli cinema, a soldier [who] you can always count on to always be there," he said of the actress, who has been awarded the Israeli Oscar and the Israel Prize. "People sometimes think that she is the grand dame, which is OK, but on the other hand, you can always count on [her] when the moment comes and you need to fight for the survival of Israeli cinema, the future, the funding - she is there no matter how busy she is."
For Almagor, the decision to keep on working with both new and more experienced directors, in all mediums, is an obvious choice. She says that just a few weeks ago, she performed in a student film because she wants to support anyone who is trying to make it in the world of Israeli film.
"There's so much talent all around, so many good directors and cinematographers and fantastic actors," she says. "The films that we're doing are not just soldier meets girl and falls in love, or Arabs and Jews, but more personal movies, covering a vast range of topics -- the past, the Holocaust, survivors, parents, children -- and I grew with this cinema. I started as a lovable young Israeli with a long braid, and now I play the grandmother of them all."
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