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Three Israelis turn back clock in Berlin

by Jonathan Maseng

21 hours ago

From left: Three young Israelis — Eyal, Yoav and Yael — shop for antique furniture and objects to refurnish the Berlin apartment of the Adler family, who were murdered during the Holocaust, for the documentary “An Apartment in Berlin.” Photos ©Gebrueder Beetz Film Production

Alice Agneskirchner is not Jewish. In fact, before deciding to make her latest documentary, “An Apartment in Berlin,” which follows the lives of three young Israelis living in Berlin as... read full article

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    by Ella Taylor

    3 weeks ago

    You may not know the name yet, but if you follow Israeli movies, the face is unforgettable. The throaty Sephardic voice, the black hair, burning eyes and bone structure to die for: Ronit Elkabetz is built for melodrama before she opens her preternaturally mobile mouth. With her...

  • In Sundance drama, Silverman puts her darkness on display

    by Anthony Weiss, JTA

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    The Sarah Silverman that the world knows and loves is a loudmouthed, foulmouthed, ribald comedian who tramples on the boundaries of social decency with sharp purpose and uproarious glee.

    The Sarah Silverman who stars in the domestic drama “I Smile Back,” which premiered at...

  • Jerusalem film school brings shorts to L.A.

    By Tom Tugend

    January 28, 2015 | 1:16 pm

    A brother-sister filmmaking team from Israel will introduce itself, its unusual alma mater and its Oscar-winning father on the evening of Feb. 5 at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills.

    Emanuel and Nurith Cohn will present “Little Dictator,” their first production since...

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  • Producer Nancy Spielberg reflects on finding, forming Jewish identity

    by Gerri Miller

    January 28, 2015 | 12:58 pm

    Three and a half years ago, Nancy Spielberg read an obituary that would change her life. It noted the passing of Al Schwimmer, a Jewish-American pilot who smuggled 30 surplus planes into the new State of Israel in 1948 and recruited the pilots and crew to fly them, assembling the...

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    Sporting a droopy mustache and a sheepish smile, and dressed auteur-casual in a cloth jacket, rolled-up pants and work boots, filmmaker Ariel Kleiman’s appearance does not suggest the savage intensity of his films.

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    By Tom Tugend

    January 22, 2015 | 11:33 am

    The first time I saw the horrific newsreels of the liberation of the concentration camps, showing mountains of skeletons piled up and skulls staring out of empty eye sockets, was in 1959.

    By a fluke, I had a bit part playing a court translator at a war-crimes trial in the...

  • ‘Zero Motivation’: An art film by and about women

    by Ella Taylor

    January 14, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    When filmmaker Talya Lavie was growing up in the 1980s, Israel had only one television channel. Lavie got her initial film education watching the same movies over and over again: Among her favorites were Federico Fellini’s “The Nights of Cabiria” and Jim Sheridan’s drama “In the...

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