The traditional festival Days of Israeli Films will be held from September 20 to 23 at the Belgrade Cultural Center on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the state of Israel and its cinema.
AN ISRAELI LIVE STORY
Israel / 2017 / Drama, History / 93’
Director: Dan Wolman
Writer: Pnina Gary (Monodrama), Dita Guery
Production: Dan Wolman with the help of the Israel Film Fund, Reshet – Noga Ltd.
Cast: Adi Bielski, Aviv Alush, Maya Wertheim, Issac Hizkiyah, Alex Anski, Amir Mugrabi
The year is 1947. 18-year-old Margalit who lives in Nahalal loves theatre and dreams of becoming an actress. One day she meets and falls in love with 24-year-old Eli Ben Zvi from Kibbutz Beit Keshet. She tries to get close to him, hoping he’ll fall for her, but things don’t go so smoothly. He has a girlfriend and is busy with the dramatic events preceding the birth of Israel. Slowly the barriers are coming down – Eli discovers Margalit and she decides to move in with him, giving up her dream to become an actress. They set up a date for a wedding, but Israel’s harsh reality intervenes.
Israel / 2016 / Drama / 90’
Director: Nir Bergman
Writers: Eran Bar Gil, Nir Bergman
Production: Chilik Michaeli, Tami Leon, Avraham Pirchi
Cast: Benny Avni, Rotem Abuhav, Irit Kaplan, Naama Arlaky, Neta Riskin
Four women whose lives are in turmoil encounter a mysterious stranger, Neta, whose honesty and vulnerability help them reconnect with their families. When Neta’s life takes a sudden wrong turn, he searches to get back on the right path. His story is told through by the meetings he has with the women he meets over course of one year at crucial points for him and for them. Each character is a reflection of the other and a question that arises in one story is sometimes answered in another.
Israel / 2016 / Drama / 90’
Director: Maha Haj
Writer: Maha Haj
Production: Baher Agbariya
Cast: Sanaa Shawahdeh, Mahmoud Shawahdeh, Doraid Liddawi, Hanan Hillo, Ziad Bakri, Amer Hlehel
Nazareth, today. An old couple lives wearily to the rhythm of daily routine. On the other side of the border, in Ramallah, their son Tarek wishes to remain an eternal bachelor, their daughter is about to give birth, while her husband lands a movie role and the grandmother loses her head… Between check-points and dreams, frivolity and politics, some want to leave, others want to stay but all have personal affairs to resolve.
ONE WEEK AND A DAY
Israel / 2016 / Drama, Comedy / 97’
Director: Asaph Polonsky
Writer: Asaph Polonsky
Production: Saar Yogev and Naomi Levari
Cast: Shai Avivi, Evgenia Dodina, Tomer Kapon
When the mourning period over their son ends, a return to routine seems to be in order for Vicky, while her husband, Eyal, opts for a total abdication of routine — stealing his dead son’s bag of medical marijuana and proceeding to get high with his stoner neighbour. As the world refuses to accommodate Vicky and Eyal’s sensitivities during their time of bereavement, the two parents act in outlandish ways as they attempt to regain a sense of control over their lives, finding that despite the most painful losses imaginable, the world stops for no one.
Israel, Germany / 2017 / Drama / 109’
Director: Ofir Raul Graizer
Writer: Ofir Raul Graizer
Production: Laila Films, Film Base Berlin
Cast: Tim Kalkhof, Sarah Adler, Zohar Strauss, Sandra Sade, Roy Miller
Thomas, a young and talented German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who dies in a car crash. Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking answers. Keeping his secret for himself, he starts working for Anat, his lover’s widow, who owns a small café. Although not fully kosher and despised by the religious, his delicious cakes turn the place into a city attraction. Finding himself involved in Anat’s life in a way far beyond his anticipation, Thomas will stretch his lie to a point of no return.
Israel / 2017 / Drama / 90’
Director: Matan Yair
Writer: Matan Yair
Cast: Asher Lax, Ami Smolartchik, Yaacov Cohen
17-year-old ASHER has always been the impulsive troublemaker at school. While his strict father sees him as a natural successor to his scaffolding business, Asher forges a special connection with his literature teacher Rami and begins to see new possibilities for himself.
Israel, Austria / 2017 / Drama /88’
Director: Amichai Greenberg
Writer: Amichai Greenberg
Production: Gum Films, Austrian Film Institute, FreibeuterFilm, Israeli Film Fund, Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, Keshet Studios, Yes TV
Cast: Ori Pfeffer, Rivka Gur, Hagit Dasberg, Ori Yaniv
Yoel, a meticulous historian leading a significant debate against holocaust deniers, discovers that his mother carries a false identity. A mystery about a man who is willing to risk everything to discover the truth.