Profile of Israeli novelist Ram Oren who has written 16 titles, sold more than 1 million copies in Israel and set up his own publishing house (Keshet).
"Black Book" is a first-class thriller, pitting the Dutch resistance against the Nazi occupiers in the waning months of World War II, and it holds plenty of unexpected plot twists.
Israeli director Eytan Fox makes films that open on a rousing patriotic note of rugged Israelis battling the enemy, before gradually exposing the chinks in his country's macho culture.
Toward the end of Nicholas Racz's quirky, quiet, noirish thriller, "The Burial Society," Sheldon Kasner, the film's protagonist but certainly not its hero, whines: "Why can't anything ever be easy for me?" It's a line Woody Allen might have used in "Take the Money and Run," but while Sheldon has elements of Allen's nebbish-turned-wannabe-thief, he is darker, more complex and far craftier. So is Racz's film about death and rebirth, real and metaphoric.
"I am not Menachem." So says Israeli heartthrob Aki Avni, referring to his character in "Time of Favor," the Israeli psychological thriller opening in Los Angeles movie theaters Feb 1. The film, winner of six Israeli Oscars last year, including picture of the year, tells the story of a religious settler army unit in which one student, Pini, takes to heart his rabbi's ideological rantings about the Temple Mount, and crazily decides to blow it up.
Debut filmmaker Darren Aronofsky manages to sound incredulous about the Jewish sci-fi flick that has made him a star. "You don't think God, math and bad-ass Jews makes for a Hollywood movie?" he quips of "PI," which won the director's prize at Sundance and a $1 million distribution deal.