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  • Israeli film in Arabic takes world prize at Sundance

    1 week ago

    The Arabic-language Israeli film “Sand Storm” won the top prize for a foreign film at the Sundance Film Festival.

    The film took the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize on Saturday night. Written and directed by a Jewish-Israeli, Elite Zexer, “Sand Storm” was making its debut at the...

  • Steve Tisch gives $10 million to Tel Aviv U. for film and TV school

    March 12, 2015 | 11:27 am

    Steve Tisch, a film producer and New York Giants co-owner, has donated $10 million to Tel Aviv University to create a film and television school.

    Tisch’s gift, which was first reported last week by Variety, allows the university to expand its film and television department to a...

  • ‘Gett’ illustrates divorce inequality — a hot-button topic in Israel

    February 12, 2015 | 9:23 am

    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...

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

    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...

  • ‘Yossi’ gets second chance at love

    By Tom Tugend

    January 30, 2013 | 4:33 pm

    Yossi, the central character in the new eponymous Israeli movie, has changed over the past 10 years, and so have Israel and the world.

    In 2002, director Eytan Fox introduced him in “Yossi & Jagger,” which became Israel’s highest-grossing film abroad, up to that time.


  • Muslims and Jews vs. Nazis in French film

    By  Tom Tugend

    March 19, 2012 | 11:54 am

    Anytime Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and fellow Holocaust-deniers would like to relax at a movie, we would recommend the French film “Free Men” (Les Hommes Libres).

    A screening might also be useful for both Arabs and Jews, who are convinced that the two Semitic tribes...

  • George Clooney to chase Nazi-looted art

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 7, 2012 | 10:17 pm

    Hollywood isn’t through yet with chasing after Nazis, nor with adapting successful Israeli productions, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

    George Clooney, hot off his highly praised “The Descendants” and “The Ides of March,” has optioned, and will most likely star, in...

  • Jessica Chastain and John Madden on “The Debt”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 23, 2011 | 6:33 pm

    As Jessica Chastain was preparing for her role in the Mossad thriller “The Debt,” her voluminous research led her to the story of a survivor who witnessed the destruction of her entire family in the Holocaust. “It was a woman’s memory of something she had seen as a young...

  • 2 Israeli Works Highlight L.A. Jewish Film Festival

    By Tom Tugend

    April 27, 2010 | 8:08 pm

    The annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival this year bookends its six-day run with two Israeli films, opening with a bittersweet comedy and closing out with a hard-hitting look at the “lone soldiers” in the country’s army.

    “A Matter of Size,” the festival opener on May...

  • Why did “Waltz” lose?

    By Tom Tugend

    February 25, 2009 | 6:28 pm

    Why did Israel’s “Waltz With Bashir,” the presumed frontrunner in the Oscar race for best foreign-language film, lose out to the Japanese film “Departures”?

    Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan has one theory.

    “Given all that pre-Oscar prognostication, the awards themselves...

  • Los Angeles Israeli Film Festival put focus on social justice—and secrets

    By Amy Klein

    May 29, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    Critics and audiences alike can try to search for a political message in the 23rd Israeli Film Festival's premiere films.

    It's not easy being apolitical when it comes to Israeli films -- films that foreign audiences often view through the prism of the Israel-Palestinian/Middle East...

  • 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...

  • Film: Israel’s ‘Band’s Visit’ finally plays L.A.

    By Tom Tugend

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish-Arab relations, sometimes in war, occasionally in love, are frequent themes of Israeli movies, but rarely are they examined with the subtle humor and sensitivity of "The Band's Visit."

    At the center of the leisurely action is the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, eight...

  • Briefs: Cancer helps Olmert poll numbers, Mrs. El Presidente in Argentina—still good for the Jews

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Olmert's Popularity Buoyed by Cancer

    Ehud Olmert's disclosure that he has prostate cancer edged up his approval ratings. A poll commissioned by Yediot Achronot after Olmert's surprise announcement Monday found that 41 percent of Israelis "appreciate" his performance as prime...

  • 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...

  • The Six-Day War changed Israel’s film industry forever

    By George Robinson

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Consider Thorold Dickinson's 1954 film, "Hill 24 Doesn't Answer," and Baruch Dinar's landmark 1960 drama, "They Were Ten."

    Each film has a tragic ending in which the death of Zionist patriots is a necessary prelude to the founding of a Jewish state.

    Then look at Uri Zohar's...
  • Trio of Israeli student films shine on the French Riviera

    By Jane Ulman

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Asaf Korman rushes into the Quinzaine Des Réalisateurs, Directors' Fortnight pavilion on the Cannes Croisette.

    "I'm sorry I'm late," he says, explaining that he's just come from a screening of "The Banishment," a Russian film by Andrei Zviaguintsev in Official Competition and...
  • Three Israeli entries vie for honors at 60th Cannes International Film Festival

    By Jessica Steinberg

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With three Israeli films competing at this year's 60th Cannes International Film Festival, running May 16-27, as well as several Israeli student films, Israel Film Fund director Katriel Schory credits the country's success to the "strength and power of our stories."

    The number of...

  • ‘Beggars’ Can Be Choosers

    By Tom Tugend

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The scene and the babel of voices was half Tel Aviv and half Hollywood at the Writers Guild Theater last Sunday for the world premiere of "The King of Beggars."

    One notable aspect was that "King" is not only a new Israeli film, but the first to open not in its homeland but in Los...

  • ‘Water’ Hits High Tide

    By Tom Tugend

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Walk on Water" has become the highest-grossing Israeli film in the United States, with box office receipts topping $2.1 million.

    That figure may not threaten a George Lucas or Steven Spielberg, but to Israeli filmmakers it is another indication that their products are becoming...