Fall film festivals in Israel light up the screen


A number of fall festivals are back, having gone live or mostly online last year, and they’re going to take place across the country – and this time there will even be a few guests from overseas. .

The Arava International Film Festival has just announced its programming. It is celebrating its 10th anniversary from November 3-13 with an in-person event that, unlike last year’s mostly drive-in festival, will bring back the traditional seats. And that’s not all that will be back – there will be a sizable group of foreign guests who will showcase their latest films. The presence of some of the best contemporary filmmakers will make the festival, which takes place outdoors under the starry sky of Ashush Nature Reserve, next to Tzukim, truly festive.

Robert Wise’s classic musical, West Side Story, just before Steven Spielberg’s remake, will be screened as part of the festival. that of Eran Kolirin Whether it’s in the morning, which just won the Ophir Award for Best Picture and six other awards, will air ahead of its release.

Among these guests will be Michel Franco, the Mexican director who directed To sleep. The film, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, stars Tim Roth as a man on vacation in Mexico with his family where all is not what it seems. The cage, another recent film he produced, will also be screened.

Juho Kuosmanen, the Finnish director of Compartment number 6, the story of a Finnish woman crossing Russia by train, winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, will also be invited. Kuosmanen has already participated in the Arava festival.

Laurent Cantet, the French director of films as acclaimed as Class, will be present at the festival with his latest film, Arthur Rambo, the story of a mysterious Maghrebian writer. Another guest will be Radu Muntean, from Romania, who will present his acclaimed film, Unequal, about aid workers in rural areas who find themselves put to the test when they try to help a disoriented local. An Icelandic director, Valdimar Jóhannsson, will be present and present his film, Lamb, the story of an isolated couple who dreams of a child and who discovers a mysterious new creature on their land.

THE ARAVA Film Festival will feature a tribute to the late Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski and present his series from 1989, Dekalog, which features 10 films, each based on one of the 10 Commandments. Krzysztof Piesiewicz, his co-writer on the series, will be the guest. Adam Mickiewicz and Polish institutes collaborated in this program.

The opening night film will be the satire of cinema, Official competition, with Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, by Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat. Paris, 13th arrondissement, the latest film by Jacques Audiard, who directed a prophet, will be shown in the festival. The film premiered at Cannes and tells the complex story of three girls and a boy. that of Mike Mills go! Go on stars Joaquin Phoenix as a reporter who takes a road trip with his nephew. Harry Wootliff’s Real things with Ruth Wilson from The case like a woman intoxicated by a mysterious stranger. For the full program, visit the festival website.

For the 20th year, the Southern Cinema Festival will be held at the Sderot Cinematheque and will feature films from both the outskirts of Israel and around the world devoted to developing countries and cultures and untold stories. It will take place from October 17 to 21.

It will open with Black Notebooks, a documentary by Shlomi Elkabetz about her sister and collaborator, the late actress / director Ronit Elkabetz. The film explores their family history and their creative process. It had its world premiere at Cannes and won the Diamond Award for Best Documentary at the Jerusalem Film Festival this summer.

The festival is organized by the School of Audio and Visual Arts of Sapir College of Sderot and is sponsored by the Municipality of Sderot, the Regional Council of Sha’ar Hanegev and Cellcom. There will be a competition for new student films at Sapir and a televised pitching session, in the presence of representatives of major channels and international competitions.

The closing film will be that of Adam Kalderon The swimmer, which was filmed in the western Negev and tells a story about competitive swimming, romance and discrimination against LGBTQ athletes in the sports world. The film received a development grant at the festival a few years ago and in the Studio Darom program there as well.

The festival will present a tribute to the films of Ari Folman and will include his latest film, Where’s Anne Frank?, an animated docudrama about the legendary columnist and Holocaust victim, as well as the Golden Globe winner Waltz with Bachir, and its lesser known but wonderful, Saint Clare. Another rarely shown film by Folman that will be part of the festival is 2004 The material that love is made of, an animated film that features eight Israeli love stories.

A program will also be devoted to the films of Chris Landreth, Oscar-winning director who has made brilliant animated films. Landreth has created innovative technology for 3D movies and will be hosting an online meeting to talk about animation.

‘WEST SIDE STORY’ lights up the Arava International Film Festival. (credit: courtesy)

FROM October 17, the Jerusalem Cinematheque presents a Turkish Cinema Week, which will run until October 28. The Turkish Film Week program will also be at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque from October 18. It will highlight the best of recent Turkish cinema, both feature films and documentaries, with several talks on Turkish society by experts.

The opening film will be that of Ahmet Katiksiz one Love, also known as Champion, the love story of a young jockey who falls in love with the daughter of the horse owner.

A number of films deal with social issues. These included Hassan commitment by Semih Kaplanoglu, about a farmer fighting a business that wants to put an electric pole in the middle of their fruit garden.

Istanbul eye by Binnur Karaevli and Fatih Kaymak takes a look at the work of famous photographer Ara Guler, member of the Armenian community. Looking at seven decades of his photographs, the film paints a portrait of Istanbul and the diverse communities there.

The 15th Tel Aviv International Spiritual Film Festival, also known as the Spirit Film Festival, will again take place in person at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque from October 21 to 31 and feature films about the transformative power of the mind and how it affects consciousness, wellness, self-discovery, sustainable living and more. The festival includes feature films, documentaries and short films, as well as questions and answers with filmmakers, panels and lectures on topics related to films. There will also be an online component at this year’s festival.

The opening film is Conscious: glimpses of consciousness by Eric Black and Frauke Sandig, an exploration of the nature of consciousness.

Other notable films at the festival include Louie Psihoyos’ latest film, MISSION JOY: Find happiness in difficult times, a look at the inspiring friendship between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Through intimate conversations and archival footage, the film explores their engagement in the fight against authoritarian regimes and many other issues. Psihoyos also directed The Cove, the Oscar-winning documentary on the slaughter of dolphins.

Vandana Shiva seeds by Camilla Denton Becket and James Becket tells the story of Dr Vandana Shiva, the daughter of a Himalayan ranger who fought big business in a quest for justice in agricultural policy.

Ann Shin’s Artificial immortality explores the latest philosophical and technical advances in AI and examines the ethical questions surrounding the quest for eternal life. Author, physician and wellness expert Deepak Chopra was among his interviewees.

Luiz Bolognese documents the struggle of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their traditions and culture by The last forest.

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