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Natalie Portman in Israel working on directorial debut

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October 2, 2013
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Israeli-born actress is making a film adaptation of Amos Oz’s autobiographical novel, ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness;’ Portman will also star in the movie, which is to be filmed in Jerusalem.

Natalie Portman is currently in Israel working on a film adaption of an autobiographical novel by Israeli author Amos Oz.

The Jerusalem-born Oscar winner will direct and star in “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” which is to be filmed in Hebrew in Jerusalem. This will be her feature film directorial debut.

Portman, who is staying at a Tel Aviv hotel, is currently writing the screenplay and ironing out production details, with filming scheduled to begin in January.

“A Tale of Love and Darkness” is based on Oz’s autobiographical novel of the same name, which takes place in Jerusalem in the second half of the 1940s. The story focuses on the author’s childhood, his mother’s mental illness and his father’s helplessness on the backdrop of the period’s historic events.

Portman is expected to play the role of the author’s mother, and will act in Hebrew.

In July, the Jerusalem Film and Television Fund announced that it had allocated NIS 1.6 million toward funding the film – the highest amount it has ever pledged for a single movie. The American-Israeli venture is being produced by Ram Bergman, Alli shearmur and David Mandil.

Source: Haaretz.com

VIDEO: TLV Premier for #Secret Project by Madonna & Steven Klein tonight – WATCH TRAILER

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September 24, 2013
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TLV’s premier for Madonna’s short movie photographed by Steven Klein TONIGHT @ 22.00 @ Habima! Our contributor Kristof will be there. Details to come!

#Secret Project – Madonna / Steven Klein from F.TAPE on Vimeo.

Israeli filmmakers honored in Venice

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September 8, 2013
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Prestigious film festival’s Lion of Future Award for Debut Film Jury goes to Noaz Deshe for ‘White Shadow.’ Yuval Adler’s ‘Bethlehem’ wins prize on behalf of Federation of Film Critics of Europe and Mediterranean

Director Amos Gitai, actress Yuval Scharf and the rest of the crew of Israeli film “Ana Arabia,” which competed for the Golden Lion Prize at the 70th Venice Film Festival, left the official competition empty handed. But the Israeli cinema can still take pride in its achievements in different events taking place alongside the prestigious festival.

Yuval Alder’s film “Bethlehem” won an award on Friday on behalf of the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean (FEDORA) as part of the independently-run Venice Days event, and on Saturday the Lion of the Future Award for a Debut Film Jury was given to Noaz Deshe for his film “White Shadow.”

Deshe is the son of famed Israeli entertainment producer Avraham Deshe (Pashanel). “White Shadow” tells the story of a young albino boy in Tanzania. The film, a German-Italian-Tanzanian co-production, was screened as part of the International Film Critics’ Week in Venice.

Gitai, who has been hosted many times by the Venice Film Festival which even held a retrospective of his work last year, won the Robert Bresson Award, which is bestowed each year on a film director who “has given a testimony, significant on account of its sincerity and intensity, of the difficult road in search of the spiritual meaning of our life.”

Previous recipients of the award include directors Ken Loach, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Wim Wenders, Aleksandr Sokurov, Theo Angelopoulos and Giuseppe Tornatore.

In addition, Gitai’s “Ana Arabia” won prizes on behalf of two organizations: The SIGNIS Award presented by the Roman Catholic lay movement for communication media professionals, and the Green Drop Award for its attention to environmental issues.

The Golden Lion for Best Film was won by Italian director Gianfranco Rosi’s “Sacro GRA,” about people living along the ring road around Rome. It was the first documentary ever and first Italian production in 15 years to win the top prize at the world’s oldest film festival.

The Silver Lion for Best Director among the 20 entries in the main competition went to Greece’s Alexandros Avranas for “Miss Violence,” about a family where the father pimps out his children and grandchildren. The cup for Best Actor was awarded to Themis Panou for his performance as the abusive father in the film.

The Best Actress award, which was won last year by Israel’s Hadas Yaron, went to 82-year-old Elena Cotta of Italy for her role in director Emma Dante’s “Via Castellana Bandiera,” about a stand-off between women drivers in Palermo, Sicily.

Tye Sheridan, the American actor who plays a young boy from a violent background in the southern US film “Joe” starring Nicolas Cage, said after winning an award for Best New Actor that his idol was James Dean.

“Philomena”, the Judi Dench and Steve Coogan two-hander about an elderly Irishwoman searching for the son that nuns had forced her to give up for adoption, was a festival favorite but won only a Best Screenplay award for Coogan and co-writer Jeff Pope.

Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang, a former Golden Lion winner, landed a Grand Jury Prize for his film “Stray Dogs” about a man and his two children living on the fringes of society in the Taiwanese capital.

Source: Ynetnews.com

Israeli film takes no sides in conflict

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September 3, 2013
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Yuval Adler, Shhadi Maryee and Tsahi Halevi in Venice (Photo: Ofer Adler)

Yuval Adler, Shhadi Maryee and Tsahi Halevi in Venice (Photo: Ofer Adler)

Director Yuval Adler, Palestinian co-writer Ali Waked win praise for ‘Bethlehem,’ which takes street view of Middle East conflict from people on both sides and made its world premiere at Venice Film Festival

Israeli director Yuval Adler and Palestinian co-writer Ali Waked say they have won praise for their film “Bethlehem,” which takes a street view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, from people on both sides – for them evidence the film succeeded in not pressing an agenda.

“People are going crazy for this film,” Adler said in an interview. “A lot of people say to us, even young people, that ‘This is the first time I see a movie that doesn’t preach to me, that doesn’t take sides, that doesn’t show us as bad or them as bad.’”

Adler called the reception in media and industry screenings in Israel “amazing.” ”Bethlehem” has yet to be released in Israeli theaters, and made its world premiere Friday at the Venice Film Festival.

Despite intense coverage of the ongoing conflict by the world’s media, Adler believes they have found a vacuum that has been largely overlooked: How Israel recruits and runs Palestinian informants and more specifically the human relationship that forms between the agents and informants. The filmmakers’ axiom, Adler said, was to tell a balanced story.

“I wanted to do a story about the inner workings of what we all see in the news, and we don’t really understand. What people on the street live on both sides, people who are living in the extreme center of the conflict, and to show what their lives are about,” Adler said.

Waked, a long-time Palestinian affairs correspondent for Israeli website Ynet, had previously refused many directors’ offers to collaborate on films about the conflict, but said it was Adler’s lack of a political agenda that persuaded him to sign on to the project.

“The agenda of focusing on the simple people in between the big headlines made me want to be part of this project,” Waked said.

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LIVE EVENT: Mystery, Secrets and Eden: A mosaic of Israeli Film at TIFF – Sept. 9th @ 4PM

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August 29, 2013
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The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) runs September 5-15, screening more than 300 movies from countries around the world. Since 2000, more than 40 Israeli directors have brought their films to the renowned Canadian fest, and three new IL titles will join this year’s lineup. A Place in Heaven, The Wonders and Bethlehem are all set to debut at #TIFF13, and Size Doesn’t Matter is giving you access beyond the big screen.

In close partnership with @IsraelinToronto, we’re excited to present Mystery, Secrets and Eden: A mosaic of Israeli Film at TIFF. Starting at 4PM ET on Monday, SEPTEMBER 9TH at The Rex (194 Queen St. West), SDM will host a panel discussion with the people behind the scenes – directors, programmers and funders of Israeli cinema. Moderated by Jane Schoettle, TIFF International Programmer, the Q&A event will feature Writer Ali Waked (Bethlehem), Directors Yuval Adler (Bethlehem) and Yossi Madmony (A Place in Heaven), Composer Avner Dorman (The Wonders) as well as Katriel Schory, head of the Israel Film Fund.

Event’s free for both public & press, but if you’re not able to attend in person join us on Twitter by following hashtag #ReelIsrael or check out our LIVE stream below (Online on Sept. 9th @ 3:45pm). We’ll be livetweeting from @SDoesntMatter, with highlights from @Jane_TIFF@TIFF_net, our hosts @RexHotelToronto and other industry celebs still to be announced. From now until the 9th, tweet us your #ReelIsrael questions and we’ll be sure to get them answered by the panel.

Meanwhile, check out the rest of the TIFF schedule, get tickets and download the awesome new app.

For media inquiries or more info, contact press@toronto.mfa.gov.il.

 

 


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Bethlehem
Yuval Adler, Israel. North American Premiere.

Bethlehem tells the story of the unlikely bond between Razi, an Israeli secret service officer, and his Palestinian informant Sanfur, the younger brother of a senior Palestinian militant. Razi recruited Sanfur when he was just 15, and developed a very close, almost fatherly relationship to him. Now 17, Sanfur tries to navigate between Razi’s demands and his loyalty to his brother, living a double life and lying to both men. Co-written by director Yuval Adler and Ali Waked—an Arab journalist who spent years in the West Bank—Bethlehem gives an unparalleled, moving and authentic portrait of the complex reality behind the news.

Monday September 9 @ 10PM – Scotiabank 3
Wednesday September 11 @ 4PM – Scotiabank 4
Sunday September 15 @ 6:30PM – Scotiabank 4

A Place in Heaven (Makom be-gan eden)
Yossi Madmony, Israel. North American Premiere.

Jewish religious law permits the trade of a seemingly non-transferrable concept: another person’s place in heaven. This is the story of a highly-decorated retired general who, in a moment of arrogance during his youth, sold his place in heaven to an army cook for a plate of shakshouka.

Monday September 9 @ 6:45PM – Scotiabank 14
Wednesday September 11 @ 6:45PM – Scotiabank 4
Sunday September 15 @ 9:15AM – Scotiabank 3

The Wonders (Plaot)
Avi Nesher, Israel. International Premiere.

A mysterious prisoner — part con man, part prophet — is held in a dark and musty Jerusalem slum apartment. His neighbour is a cool cat graffiti artist who is reluctantly drawn into this real life film noir plot. Based on a true story. Starring Adir Miller, Ori Hizkiah, Yehuda Levi, Yuval Scharf and Efrat Gosh.

Sunday September 8 @ 6:45PM – Scotiabank 4
Tuesday September 10 @ 3:15PM – TBLB 2
Sunday September 15 @ 12:15PM – Scotiabank 3

Israel @ #TIFF13 film schedule

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August 27, 2013
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Yes, it’s almost the end of the summer, but there is SOME good news, it’s TIFF time! And Israeli movies are hitting the big screen in #Toronto, go check them out!

Bethlehem Yuval Adler, Israel North American Premiere
Bethlehem tells the story of the unlikely bond between Razi, an Israeli secret service officer, and his Palestinian informant Sanfur, the younger brother of a senior Palestinian militant. Razi recruited Sanfur when he was just 15, and developed a very close, almost fatherly relationship to him. Now 17, Sanfur tries to navigate between Razi’s demands and his loyalty to his brother, living a double life and lying to both men. Co-written by director Yuval Adler and Ali Waked—an Arab journalist who spent years in the West Bank—Bethlehem gives an unparalleled, moving and authentic portrait of the complex reality behind the news.

Monday September 9, 10 PM Scotiabank 3
Wednesday September 11, 4 PM Scotiabank 4
Sunday September 15, 6:30 PM Scotiabank 4

A Place in Heaven (Makom be-gan eden) Yossi Madmony, Israel North American Premiere
Jewish religious law permits the trade of a seemingly non-transferrable concept: another person’s place in heaven. This is the story of a highly-decorated retired general who, in a moment of arrogance during his youth, sold his place in heaven to an army cook for a plate of shakshouka.

Monday September 9, 6:45 PM Scotiabank 14
Wednesday September 11, 6:45PM Scotiabank 4
Sunday September 15, 9:15 AM Scotiabank 3

The Wonders (Plaot) Avi Nesher, Israel International Premiere
A mysterious prisoner — part con man, part prophet — is held in a dark and musty Jerusalem slum apartment. His neighbour is a cool cat graffiti artist who is reluctantly drawn into this real life film noir plot. Based on a true story. Starring Adir Miller, Ori Hizkiah, Yehuda Levi, Yuval Scharf and Efrat Gosh.

Sunday September 8, 6:45 PM Scotiabank 4
Tuesday September 10, 3:15 PM TBLB 2
Sunday September 15, 12:15 Scotiabank 3