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  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 9, 2012 | 12:31 pm

    Beaufort is a 2007 Israeli war film, directed by Joseph Cedar, who stands behind many great Israeli films. The film was co-written by Cedar and Ron Leshem, and is based on Leshem's novel of the same name.


    Beaufort takes place in the year 2000, and tells the story of an IDF unit...

  • Israel’s First Slasher Flick at Screamfest! [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 22, 2011 | 6:34 pm

    I was walking out of a screening of the cheeky new animated film, “Puss in Boots,” starring Antonio Banderas as the titular bad kitty, at Grauman’s Mann Chinese 6 Theatres when a splattering of fake blood on the cinema’s glass doors, gaunt skeletal figures and assorted skulls...

  • Hollywood-Israel link flourishing

    By Tom Tugend

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    A group of hotshot Hollywood television executives sit around a table sipping Evian water, working their cellphones and bemoaning the lack of fresh ideas for a series to pull their network out of the cellar.

    Suddenly, one participant dispels the gloom by saying, "I've got the...

  • Films: It would never happen in Hollywood

    By Tom Tugend

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    The Israeli film, "Beaufort," has earned international recognition for its unvarnished portrayal of men at war and for its acting, directing and cinematography.

    But the movie is even more remarkable for what it tells us about the inner strength of the embattled country in confronting...

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  • Israel at the Oscars, Rove at AJU, Matisyahu at Jewlicious 4.0

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Matisyahu Keeps Us Guessing

    If Matisyahu once seemed spiritually self-contained, embodying a rigid religious observance, he is quickly shedding that image. This past weekend at Jewlicious 4.0 Matisyahu announced the need to "return to myself a little bit," according to a report from...

  • Oscars are Coen ‘Country’ but a win is still foreign for Israeli filmmakers

    By Tom Tugend

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Disappointed but not downcast, Israeli filmmakers and their supporters vowed to come back strong next year after the country's entry, "Beaufort," lost out in Sunday's Oscar race for best foreign-language film.

    "We have shown that Israel can make very good movies, and we will prove it...

  • At peace with conflict

    By David Suissa

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    One of the bonuses of living in exile is that you can see Israeli society more clearly, one lunch, party, speech or cappuccino at a time. When I'm in the Holy Land, I lose myself in a noisy, beautiful, hectic, joyful and soulful blur.

    It's as if I'm inside a boat in a stormy sea....

  • Beaufort cast fly from Israel to L.A. for Oscars

    February 21, 2008 | 9:39 pm

    Oshri Cohen, the star of Beaufort, is caught off guard by me, Orit, the relentless paparazza, as he leaves for LA to attend the Oscars

     

  • Orit in Israel: I was an instant Israeli paparazza

    By JewishJournal.com

    February 21, 2008 | 2:14 pm

    I became a member of the Israeli paparazzi for a night.


    I didn’t mean to, but I was at the Ben Gurion airport, waiting for my mother to be dropped off by relatives in Tel Aviv, so that I could see her off back to LA. I was getting over a cold, and right before I left my apartment...

  • There will be Jews at Oscar’s 80th

    By Tom Tugend

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    After some relatively lean years, Hollywood's Jewish talent -- as well as Israel's -- made a solid showing as nominations for the 80th Academy Awards were announced at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

    The biggest winners were brothers Ethan and Joel Coen, whose thriller "No Country for Old Men"...

  • Israeli/Jewish-themed films 3 for 3 in Oscar foreign language semi-finals

    By Tom Tugend

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Three of the 63 foreign language films in this year's Oscar race are on Jewish/Israeli themes, and all three have made the cut to qualify among the nine semi-finalists.

    The three are Israel's entry "Beaufort," Austria's "The Counterfeiters" and Brazil's "The Year My Parents Went on...

  • From ‘Bucket List’ to ‘Beaufort’

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Quick Trip From Everest to Lebanon

    In less than 48 hours, I visited Mount Everest, on the border between Nepal and Tibet, and Beaufort Castle in southern Lebanon. The unlikely juxtaposition was the result of attending screenings of quite different films: the flashy Hollywood...

  • Possible Oscar at stake in Israeli film fight

    By Tom Tugend

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Beaufort trailer
    The story of two movies vying to represent Israel in the Oscar race is full of intrigue, confusion, backbiting and alleged skullduggery.

    The films themselves are also quite interesting.

    The brouhaha comes at a time when the Israeli film industry is gaining...