Israel

Advocate

About the Film 
In this DocAviv best film winner, a controversial Jewish lawyer pushes Israeli courts to the limit in an unwavering defense of Palestinian rights. For nearly 50 years, Lea Tsemel has represented Palestinian prisoners in what she views as a rigged legal system. High-profile court cases are juxtaposed with flashbacks to her leftist awakening and attempts to raise a family, as this outspoken anti-establishment figure is astutely examined.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
114 minutes

Africa

About the Film 
An Israeli retiree seeks to restore his sense of purpose in this tender, lovingly observed Haifa Film Festival top prize winner. Slipping into the sunset of life isn’t easy for crusty but softhearted Meir, a former engineer who now toils away crafting a bed for his grandson, and devastated when a younger cohort takes over organizing a traditional community ceremony. This low-key gem proves a profound contemplation on aging and transition.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
82 minutes

The Art of Waiting

About the Film 
In this sweetly funny romance-dramedy, a 30-something Israeli couple has baby fever, putting their marriage to the test in a frenzy to get pregnant. The biological clock ticks as they begin protracted fertility treatments, a physical and emotional rollercoaster of medical procedures and regimented lovemaking. It’s soon clear the road to parenthood is not easy, in this frank portrayal of modern pregnancy.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
91 minutes

Aulcie

About the Film 
One of Israel’s top athletes captures the nation’s spirit while prevailing against the odds, in this exciting bio of a basketball icon. From Harlem’s courts to Maccabi Tel Aviv ‘76, Aulcie Perry helped Israel win its first European Championship. But fame led to a dramatic downfall, then ultimate redemption, for this superstar who put Israeli basketball on the map.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
72 minutes

Back to Maracanã

About the Film 

Three generations seek to reconcile on a hasty trip to Brazil, in this heartfelt dramedy. Divorced, his business failing, Roberto—a Brazilian expat in Israel—takes his anxious son and impetuous father to Rio to watch Brazil’s World Cup quest. While mending their fraught relationships, the trio’s rocky journey reveals vital life lessons and long-buried secrets.

Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
92 minutes

Born in Jerusalem and Still Alive

About the Film 
In a deft blend of dark comedy and quirky romance, a loveless, neurotic schlemiel finds emotional healing while gigging as a Jerusalem tour guide. When not caring for his doddering father, Ronen copes by offering free tours of famous terror attack sites along Jaffa Road…until he meets high-spirited Asia, an architecture student. Suddenly more alive, Ronen faces a worrying choice, in this droll take on the absurdity of everyday life in Israel.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
83 minutes

Curl

About the Film 

A dreadful tragedy shatters the life of a Hasidic father struggling to support his family, in this compassionate portrayal of Haredi life, which lays bare the commonality of loss, pain and forgiveness.

Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
24 minutes

Dina Malul Fights Back

About the Film 
Tired of being pushed around, a cash-strapped single mother enlists her fellow supermarket clerks in a modern-day Robin Hood scheme, in this Israeli Academy Award Best Short Film nominee.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
24 minutes

The Fiddle

About the Film 

A young shtetl boy longs to play the fiddle over the objections of his traditional father, in this delightful animated prequel to the Sholem Aleichem story, narrated by Yiddish stage actor Mike Burstyn.

Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
8 minutes

Flawless

About the Film 
A sisterhood of outcasts seeks to remake themselves in this provocative, poignant, coming-of-age dramedy, wherein the trio goes to queasy extremes to bankroll cosmetic surgery and prom dresses. This beguiling, cautionary tale of self-discovery and prejudice features a standout performance by the first transgender woman nominated for Israel’s top acting prize.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
97 minutes

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