Jewish Journal

At home, on stage and screen

by Evan Henderson

March 15, 2012 | 2:40 pm

Mandy Patinkin. Photo by Brigitte LaCombe

Somewhere in Creede, Colo., en route to a mountain cabin in Santa Fe, N.M., Mandy Patinkin is above 10,000 feet. “If I sound stupid, it’s because there’s no oxygen up here,” he says.... read full article

  • Family-focused stories at forefront of Israel Film Fest

    By Tom Tugend

    March 1, 2012 | 12:57 pm

    It’s springtime in Los Angeles, which means raising the curtain on the 26th Israel Film Festival, this year displaying a colorful palette of more than 30 feature movies, documentaries, TV shows and student shorts.

    The March 15 opening-night venue is the main theater on the...

  • Two Israeli films take Berlin festival prizes


    February 21, 2012 | 11:10 am

    Two Israeli films that deal with the conflict with the Palestinians in much different ways were recognized at the 62nd annual Berlin International Film Festival.

    The top Berlin Today Award went to the humorous short film “Batman at the Checkpoint” by Rafael Balulu. The 10-minute...

  • A sneak peek at ‘Footnote,’ Israel’s Oscar nominee

    by Maxine Dovere, JointMedia News Service

    February 21, 2012 | 10:17 am

    In his latest film, Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar has created a drama of personal controversy. He explores spirit, resilience and responsibility. “Footnote” tells the story of a father, embittered by his life and angered by the success of his son. That son, though publicly...

  • For Mideast foes’ Oscar films, family trumps flag

    by Dan Williams, Reuters

    February 17, 2012 | 2:58 pm

    As their nations warn of war, the Israeli and Iranian directors facing off at next week’s Academy Awards share a reluctance to see politics read into their movies, both of which are portraits of troubled families.

    Joseph Cedar, director of Israel’s “Footnote,” and Asghar Farhadi,...

  • A casting director’s dream

    by Iris Mann

    February 16, 2012 | 5:10 pm

    Casting director Heidi Levitt had to fill more than 60 character roles for “The Artist,” the Oscar-nominated film about a 1920s silent movie star (Jean Dujardin) in Hollywood whose career spirals downward with the advent of sound, just as his protégée (Bérénice Bejo) reaches...

  • ‘Footnote’ could make this Israel’s year to win [VIDEO]

    By Tom Tugend

    February 16, 2012 | 2:27 pm

    For Israelis, winning the country’s first Oscar would be akin to scoring its first Olympic gold medal, which happened at the 2004 Games in Athens.

    “If ‘Footnote’ gets the Academy Award for best foreign language film, the reaction would be tremendous,” Katriel Schory said...

  • Who is that masked Jewish man? It’s Hero Man!

    by Sam Blum

    February 1, 2012 | 5:15 pm

    David Filmore is a mild-mannered filmmaker. A Shabbat-observant Jew from Australia who moved to West Hollywood 10 years ago, he spends his days focused on his production company, Plutonian Films.

    Few might suspect that the 36-year-old with shoulder-length curly hair has something...

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