Shlomi Elkabetz shares a poignant love letter to his sister, the late actress and director Ronit Elkabetz, and delivers a rare cinematic experience.
Director Shemi Zarhin (“Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi”, “Noodle”, “The World is Funny” – all festival favorites), brings the riveting story of a man gradually surrounded by an all-encompassing silence. Join us at our closing night in the must-watch cinematic experience.
A hybrid docudrama film that follows Israeli diplomat, Asher Naim, on a seemingly insurmountable mission to bring 15,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel. As Asher learns more about these African Jews, he finds himself between worlds and facing a crisis of faith in himself and his country. The docudrama follows the behind-the-scenes politics leading up to Operation Solomon – the two day airlift in May 1991 pulled off in climactic chaos of the Ethiopian Civil War.
An award-winning debut which swept the Israeli audience, Cinema Sabaya brings the story of a unique multi-cultural film workshop. It was nominated to eight categories in the Israeli Film Academy Awards, winning three including best film and best director. The movie was also Israel’s official entry to the 2023 Academy Awards.
A graceful, compelling look at a young ultra-orthodox couple in Safed, as they suffer and work through a family trauma. Beautifully photographed and acted, it presents the orthodox society in which the couple lives as complex and multifaceted, in contrast to the often-used approach that portrays religious life as uniformly repressive and the secular world as unironically positive.
An unlikely trio of friends bridge cultural, political and personal differences to bring attention to the destruction of the Dead Sea by organizing an international swimming event across the densest, saltiest body of water on earth.