Open House Tel-Aviv – or “Batim Mibifnim” (Houses from Within) as it’s called in Hebrew – will take place over the weekend of May 20 – 21 2011, at the height of the spring season when it’s pleasant to walk around the city and Tel-Aviv invites you to discover its treasures.
Similar to its four predecessors, Open House Tel-Aviv in 2011 will showcase hundreds of interesting homes, unique apartments and public buildings, all distinct in their architectural design. Dozens of architectural tours will also be offered throughout the city – all free-of-charge and open to the public.
Open House Tel-Aviv, which started in 2007, was inspired by the Open Houses held in London and in New York. Tel-Aviv, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO thanks to its concentration of buildings designed in the International Style, is a city that possesses many other architectural qualities as well, in addition to its spirited urban energy. The combination between Jaffa, one of the oldest cities in the world, and Tel-Aviv, which celebrated its first centennial just last year, produces a unique urban fabric. It enables us to devise a rich program which, on the one hand, includes an archaeological tour of Jaffa’s Lower City, whose ruins were uncovered during subterranean excavations and, on the other hand, tours with architects who are engaged in planning the trendiest buildings in the city: residential hi-rises, upscale apartments and projects for public use. The event also affords initial exposure to scores of young architects and designers whose projects are characterized by original thinking, innovative use of raw materials and/or a commitment to preserving the environment.
The program for children consists of construction-related activities and workshops that seek to connect the younger generation to the built-up environment. For example, a workshop is held every year at which children build a mud shack in the yard of a kindergarten located in downtown Tel-Aviv. The shack they make during the Houses from Within weekend is later used by the kindergarten pupils throughout the entire summer. Another activity deals with architecture’s graphical language and aims to teach the children how to read blueprints, understand what a cross-section is, and invent their own graphical symbols for articles comprising their world that can be added to architectural plans (such as a Sony Playstation).
Approximately 150 open houses, tours, activities for children, and bike rides are planned for the next Houses from Within in May 2011. The event’s brochure and website cite to what extent the different houses and activities are accessible to persons with disabilities and whether a particular tour is offered in English.
The program is still in its preliminary stages and additional information pertaining to it can be found on the website www.batim-il.org, which also contains a section in English. The complete program will be posted there in the beginning of May 2011.
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Regarded as a musician of great insight and sensitivity, Israel-born pianist and composer Matan Porat has been praised for dazzling audiences with “solid technique” and “splendid musicality” (Chicago Sun-Times). Porat has appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Irish National Symphony Orchestra and with such conductors as James Conlon, Lawrence Foster and Mendi Rodan.
An avid chamber musician, he is also the winner of numerous competitions and awards. Matan began his piano studies with Emanual Krasovsky at the Tel-Aviv Rubin Academt, and later was the artist-in-residence in Belgais, Portugal, studying and assisting Maria Joao Pires. He obtained his Master’s degree from The Julliard School with Joseph Kalichstein, and has worked with Emanuel Ax, Daniel Barenboim, Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Andras Schiff, Menahem Pressler, and Mitsuko Uchida. For the past two years Porat was working extensively with pianist Murray Perahia in London.
Debussy: Preludes, Book I
Beethoven: Sonata Op. 109 & Sonata Op. 110
Tickets: $20 general / $10 PianoForte Foundation Members and Students
Join PFF for a complimentary meet-the-artist reception after each concert!
Dir: Lior Geller / Israel/ 2007
21 minutes / Fiction
Cast: Daniel Chernish, Haled Mayer Marwat, Wasseem Nur Habshi
Thirteen-year-old Ismayil works for Ahmed, the most powerful drug
dealer in the city of Lod. But when Ahmed brings his younger brother Riad
into the fold, Ismayil decides it’s time for them both to get out.
ONE FROM AFAR (Achat Merahok)
DIR: Noa Osheroff / Israel / 2009
18 minutes / Fiction
Cast: Maya Maron, Idit Teperson
Dana waits with her mother for a double mastectomy. With an elephant of
that size in the room, sometimes it’s the conversations that you aren’t having
that mean more than the ones that you are.
TRANPARENT BLACK (Shahor Shakuf)
Dir: Roni Geffen / Israel / 2010
21 minutes / Documentary
Simple questions lead to difficult discussions in this honest and frank
conversation about status, refugee rights and feelings of isolation in
an adopted land.
SECOND WATCH (Mishmeret Shniya)
Dir: Udi Ben-Arie / Israel / 1995
15 minutes / Fiction
Cast: Moisi Shmual, Ran Tellem, Amitay Yaish
At a remote post along the border, two soldiers (one Israeli and one Jordanian)
Are charged with keeping watch over one another. Sharing both a patriotic duty and a profound sense of boredom, the two come together to share a moment of
Friendship (and a dirty magazine).
Dir: Hadar Morag / Israel / 2008
18 minutes / Fiction
North American Premiere
Cast: Mashda Abdalla, Tahel Ran, Arie Tcherner
Mashda and Amnon have an unlikely friendship. A lonely girl with a lot of
responsibility at home, Mashda enjoys a closeness with Amnon that she shares with no one else. Which makes the loneliness of growing up all the more pronounced when she catches him in a very adult moment.
Message from organizers:
We are thrilled to be back for the 7th annual Montreal Israel Film Festival. Once again, the films to be screened in this year’s Festival offer us a glimpse into the reality of Israel and its people – a view quite different from that so often portrayed by the media.
This year’s program consists of an exceptional selection of carefully selected documentaries as well as a wide variety of acclaimed full-length feature films. Just like its feature film industry over the last decade, the Israeli documentary industry is just now reaching great new heights, illustrating that life in Israel comes from varied, uncommon and interesting angles. Israel’s documentaries truly provide a virtual and fascinating mosaic! This year, in addition to evening screenings, we are pleased to present, for the first time, Sunday morning screenings and afternoon screenings, as well as the Festival’s Saturday evening Opening Night.
We are happy to host very talented, leading Israeli filmmakers at this year’s Festival. Eran Riklis, the acclaimed director of “Lemon Tree” and “The Syrian Bride”, this year introduces us to “The Human Resources Manager”. Tomer Heymann, one of Israel’s most renowned documentary directors, presents his work “I Shot My Love” (in the presence of Andreas Merk, featured in the film) and “Bridge over the Wadi”. Finally, we are proud to welcome Dr. Raz Somech, the central focus (we say hero) of the celebrated “Precious Life”, the Festival’s featured Opening Night presentation. To accommodate this extensive program, the Festival has moved to new venues: downtown to Théatre Corona & Concordia University, while our West Island program will take place at Guzzo Mega-Plex Côte Vertu.
Israeli cinema deals with complex and relevant issues – so much like the country itself. These qualities ensure this year’s Montreal Israel Film Festival, as in years past, will captivate its audiences.
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