Experience the magic of Israel on the big screen at Gateway

2009-06-22 00:00

EXPERIENCE the magic of Israeli filmmaking as the annual Israeli Film Festival returns to South African screens for another captivating round.

From June 26 to July 2, SterKinekor’s Gateway cinema will play host to the event, which will feature a fusion of films that, according to Sara Gon of the Tararam, “reflect the various cultures and subcultures of Israel and dispel the myth and misperception that Israel is an ultra-religious country”.

Among the films being screened is Desperado Square by award-winning director Benny Toraty, which is set in the early 1980s and tells the story of two brothers in a community of Greek Israelis who set about breaking a vow made by their deceased father never to re-screen an immensely popular Bollywood film called Sangam.

Other films include:

• Lost Islands — a charming and funny film about the love and competition between twin teenage brothers and the impact their family has on them;

• Zrubavel — a contemporary story of modern teenage life, based on the best selling novel by David Grossman, which sends viewers on a riveting ride through the streets of Jerusalem at the end of a Labrador’s leash;

• Shiva: The 7 Days — set in the claustrophobic atmosphere of a Moroccan/Israeli family during the seven-day Jewish period of mourning, this is a film about family issues, problems of getting along, sharing and overcoming rivalries;

• King of Beggars — a 16th-century fable about two social outcasts who are joined in matrimony under the moonlight sky; and

• Love and Dance — Israel’s answer to Billy Elliot, which tells the story of a young boy, torn between his Russian-born mother and his Israeli father, who uses ballroom dancing lessons to bridge the culture gap of his fractured family.

Entrance to the festival is free. Tickets can be picked up at the venue an hour before each show (Monday to Sundays at 5.30 and 8 pm).

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