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  • Australian film festival pulls movie deemed ‘anti-Israel’

    August 28, 2013 | 9:58 am

    A French-Canadian film deemed “anti-Israel” was withdrawn from the Israeli Film Festival in Australia.

    “Inch’allah” was being screened earlier this month at the annual Israeli Film Festival when a patron complained to Albert Dadon, the chair of the Australia Israel Cultural...

  • Falafel Western wrangles opening night of Israel Film Fest

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 10, 2013 | 2:38 pm

    The drama opens in a smoky saloon somewhere in a remote corner of Israel. A young stranger, Avram (Dudu Tassa), enters the bar, where he is regarded suspiciously by the tough-looking musicians slinging back shots of arak, a Middle Eastern liquor. Avram has arrived with a message...

  • Israel Film Festival explores unfamiliar territory

    By Tom Tugend

    April 10, 2013 | 2:28 pm

    Among its other benefits, the Israel Film Festival takes even those of us familiar with the country to places and people we know only superficially, or not at all.

    Three of this festival’s movies — “Fill the Void,” “Sharqiya” and “Zaytoun” — go everywhere from inside an...

  • Scars of Israel’s ‘Numbered’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 10, 2013 | 2:19 pm

    In “Numbered,” the new documentary by Dana Doron and Uriel Sinai, a journalist and Holocaust survivor named Ruth Bondy describes how in the early days of the Jewish state, sabras condescendingly stared at the serialized number the Nazis had tattooed on her forearm at Auschwitz.

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  • Israel Film Fest to fete Martin Landau

    By Pat Sierchio

    April 10, 2013 | 2:13 pm

    When he was barely out of his teens, Martin Landau was already a successful cartoonist working for the New York Daily News. In fact, the young artist was being groomed by the paper as its next theatrical caricaturist. Landau knew that if he got the job, he would never give it up. 

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  • Israel Film Festival and Hollywood: A match made in Heaven

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 8, 2012 | 1:04 pm

    By now it has become a celebrated fact that the Israeli creative industry is in the throes of a modern renaissance. This makes the annual Israel Film Festival — set to roll out the red carpet for its 27th year next March — a gift to Los Angeles and its two-week film program an...

  • Australian Israeli film festival expanding

    August 17, 2012 | 10:36 am

    The annual Israeli Film Festival will for the first time be screened in major Australian cities beyond Sydney and Melbourne.

    The festival, which is run by the Australia Israel Cultural Exchange, will this year screen the 16 features and four documentaries in Brisbane, Adelaide and...

  • West Bank shorts added to L.A. Israel Film Festival

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 21, 2012 | 3:47 pm

    In a small Israeli jail cell, a 17-year-old settler hears the air raid siren that signals the beginning of the Sabbath. From her pocket, she pulls out two travel-friendly candles. When the last of the matches in her small box breaks, her cellmate, a vegan left-wing activist who was...

  • IFF: Engaging in disengagement—five horrible days in Gaza

    By Amy Klein

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    One of the first news stories I covered in Jerusalem 10 years ago was the excavation of holy artifacts by the city. Ultra-Orthodox Jews were protesting the excavations, because they said they were disturbing ancient Jewish graves upon which the entire city was built. It was a common...
  • IFF: One Israeli’s ‘War Within’

    By Tom Tugend

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Shemi Zarhin, the director and writer of "Aviva, My Love," seems unfazed by missing a shot at the Oscar.

    The film, a huge box office and critical success, tied in the Israel academy balloting with "Sweet Mud," a fairly downbeat coming-of-age story set in a kibbutz. In a...

  • IFF: Belarus actress returns with a hat trick

    By Yana Ivrii

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    After an absence of several years, Belarusian-born actress Yavgenia Dodina has returned to Israeli cinema -- and in a big way, releasing two films in the final months of 2006 and preparing for the release of a third early this new year.

    No one needs you when you're down, the actress...

  • IFF: ‘Hands’ sends message about kids, not AIDS

    By Hannah Brown

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Dan Wolman, director of "Tied Hands" looks relaxed, but he has a problem.

    His film, "Tied Hands," tells the story of a middle-aged Tel Aviv woman (Gila Almagor) who is caring for her son (Ido Tadmor), a dancer dying of AIDS. But Wolman doesn't want the project to be seen as an AIDS...

  • IFF: Dark ‘Days,’ darker nights in Tel Aviv thriller

    By Hannah Brown

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "Frozen Days," a stylish black-and-white psychological thriller about an isolated, alienated young woman in Tel Aviv, sounds like it should be an uninvolving, clichéd mess. Somehow, however, it works. Movies focusing on the alienated young in Tel Aviv -- and there have been many --...
  • IFF: Personal, not political stories drive lineup

    By Avner Hofstein

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "Frozen Days" is not detached from current events. Set in Tel Aviv, amid the suicide bombings of the second intifada, the film, directed by first-time feature director Danny Lerner and starring Anat Klausner, portrays a young woman's search for her lost identity after surviving a...
  • IFF: Tinseltown opens arms and wallets to Israel counterparts

    By Robert David Jaffee

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When it started, the Israel Film Festival was a New York-based institution showing strictly feature films. With executive offices off Wilshire Boulevard near Fairfax Avenue, the festival is now a multicity event that this year will pack in 10 to 11 features, 12 documentaries, eight...