2017 AICE Israeli Film Festival

2017 AICE Israeli Film Festival

2017 AICE Israeli Film Festival

We are excited to present the 2017 Israeli Film Festival program, packed full of goodies for your viewing pleasure. It’s a very real treat this year to welcome two very special guests. Brigadier General Gal Hirsch is one of the most experienced in the IDF in the areas of Counter Terrorism, Counter Insurgency and Guerilla Warfare. He spearheaded Israel’s fight against terror for 34 years in all fronts as a commander of several elite units and as a field officer. Gal will be introducing the documentary. War Story about his life, talking about his book Defensive Shield and appearing at various events and schools in the community.

And to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the liberation of Beersheba in October 1917 our other guest Ric Carlsson Chauvel, will introduce screenings of the 1940 Australian film – 40,000 Horsemen. Ric’s great uncle, Harry Chauvel, led the infamous cavalry charge that liberated Beersheba from the Turks and his grandfather, Charles Chauvel, directed and co-produced the film. His insights will delight film buffs and historical enthusiasts alike.

But it’s not all military matters this year – there is plenty of drama, laughter, some delights from the archive, and a special section devoted to the Women of Israel.

This is, the 2017 AICE Israeli Film Festival at The Ritz!

Ticket prices:
Opening Night: All tickets $35.00 – includes a drink and nibbles before the show
War Story Special Event: All Tickets $30.00
General sessions:
Adult: $20.00
Concessions & Adult Royalty Members: $18.00
Seniors: $12
Groups discounts available for parties of 10 or more. Please contact functions@ritzcinema.com.au

See below for session details:

Tue Sept 5 - OPENING NIGHT!
6:15pm Drinks & Nibbles 7:00pm Screening HOME PORT – BUY NOW

Wed Sept 6
1:00pm 40,000 HORSEMEN – BUY NOW

Thu Sept 7
7:00pm DIMONA TWIST – BUY NOW
8:40pm HEROINES – BUY NOW

Fri Sept 8
7:00pm MR GAGA – BUY NOW
9:10pm LAND OF THE LITTLE PEOPLE – BUY NOW

Sat Sept 9
1:00pm QUIET GOLD AND BIRD IN THE ROOM – BUY NOW
3:00pm BETWEEN WORLDS – BUY NOW
5:15pm LATE MARRIAGE – BUY NOW
7:30 pm DIMONA TWIST – BUY NOW
9:15pm HOLY AIR – BUY NOW

Sun Sept 10
1:30pm 40,000 HORSEMEN (includes intro + Q&A) – BUY NOW
4:15pm WAR STORY – SPECIAL EVENT! Includes intro, post screening Q&A + signing – BUY NOW
6:15pm ALICE – BUY NOW

Mon Sept 11
7:00pm AJAMI – BUY NOW

Tue Sept 12
7:00pm THE SECRETS – BUY NOW

Wed Sept 13
6:45 pm LAND OF THE LITTLE PEOPLE – BUY NOW
8:40pm ALICE – BUY NOW

Thu Sept 14
6:45pm QUIET GOLD and BIRD IN THE ROOM – BUY NOW
8:40pm EWA – BUY NOW

Fri Sept 15
7:00pm BETWEEN WORLDS – BUY NOW
9:00pm HOME PORT – BUY NOW

Sat Sept 16
1:00pm THE SECRETS – BUY NOW
3:30pm MOTHER WITH A GUN – BUY NOW
5:10pm JAFFA – BUY NOW
7:15pm WAR STORY – BUY NOW
8:45pm HEROINE – BUY NOW

Sun Sept 17
2:00pm MR GAGA – BUY NOW
4:10pm DIMONA TWIST – BUY NOW
6.00pm HOLY AIR – BUY NOW

IFF - Home Port

  • Cast
  • Yoram Hattab, Shmil ben Ari, Ana Dubrovisky, Liron ben Shlush, Dalia Begger, Sharon Alexander, Eyal Rozales.
  • Synopsis
  • After 30 years at sea, veteran seaman , Aharon Avitan ,returns to shore duties in time for the birth of his first grandchild. He looks forward to living a quiet life surrounded by family and friends

    Appointed as Head of the Marine Department at the port of Ashdod in southern Israel , Aharon soon clashes with Azulay the long time union organiser with a firm grip on the port’s operations . Against a background of looming privatisation the clash soon develops into full blooded warfare as the workers take to the barricades to defend long held practices ( often corrupt ) from a man eager to reform the workplace.

    Set mainly in the docks the production mixes the drama of industrial warfare ,a love story and a parable about the reality of economic rationalisation. The production was nominated for three Israeli Academy awards.
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated, 96 mins
  • Genre
  • Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 96 minutes

IFF - 40,000 Horsemen

  • Cast
  • Chips Rafferty, Grant Taylor, Betty Bryant.
  • Synopsis
  • On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the liberation of Beersheba ( October 1917) AICE is delighted to offer an opportunity to view this historic event on the big screen.
    Directed by Charles Chauvel this 1940s film tells the story of the Australian Light Horse Brigade which operated in the desert during the Sinai and Palestine campaigns in World War 1.

    It follows the adventures of three mischievous heroes , one of them played by legendary actor Chips Rafferty in his first big screen role. When German baked forces tick British outposts in the Sinai the soldiers are sent off to fight. The film culminates in one final charge - a deadly assault across open ground to Beersheba ,reputedly enacting “ the last successful cavalry charge in history “
    The film is party a call to arms and part propaganda tool to aid in recruitment and lift the pride of Australians during World War 1 It was one of the most successful Australian movie of the day
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated, 100 mins
  • Genre
  • Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 100 minutes

IFF - Dimona Twist

  • Synopsis
  • Winner of the Best documentary at the 2016 Jerusalem film festival , Dimona Twist ,tells the tale of the evolution of a desert town through the eyes of its women.

    Arriving in Israel by ship in the 1950s and 1960s the seven leading women in Dimona Twist are all sent straight to Dimona ,a town only recently established in the Negev.
    These women share their life stories , show their fashions, (and how they used to twist the night away ) and relate how it felt coming from destinations as far flung as North Africa and Poland to arrive in the middle of nowhere.

    With the use of rare archival footage ( pay special attention to when the French arrive to build Dimona’s nuclear reactor ) and a deep sense of humour, these lively women talk about the cultural shock of adjusting to life in Dimona and about their determined attempts to create rich and meaningful lives. A powerful reminder of what conditions were like for Israel’s female pioneers.
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated, 71 mins
  • Genre
  • Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 71 minutes

IFF - Heroines

  • Cast
  • Cast : Gili Beit Halahmi, Ravit Dor, Shir Abramov, Hila Shalev, Sharon Friedman, Kai Peker, Alena Yiv, Sophia Ostritsky, Yaakob Zada Daniel, Sivan Mast, Malgorzata Lipska, Naama Preis,
  • Synopsis
  • Heroines is one of a new breed of film productions circling the globe. Its a full length feature made up of short films based around a particular theme. This production is made up of five short stories written and directed by five women directors . The titles of the episodes are the professions of the characters - the Officer ( in a female military unit ) The Babysitter ( dressed as a giraffe throughout ) The Nurse, The Stripper ( trying to get her job back ) and The Director.

    The production by Gaudeamus Productions who have mentored many Israeli filmmakers ( including the likes of Ariel Folman of “ Waltz with Bashir “ fame ) is a deliberate attempt to subvert a stereotypical treatment of women as being defined by their relationships. Its a funny and aspirational look at young women and their choices in a 21st century Israel.
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated, 87 mins
  • Genre
  • Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 87 minutes

IFF - Mr Gaga

  • Synopsis
  • The documentary that smashed all Israeli box records is back by popular demand. Described by XXX magazine as "the best dance documentary since Pina" this
    production is the tale of Ohad Naharin , the Israeli choreographer who has spent the last 25 years pushing the boundaries of physical and political expression as the artistic director of Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company.

    With a treasure trove of archival footage , intimate rehearsal scenes and extensive dance footage , the production paints a portrait of a maverick still fighting for creative freedoms in his homeland. Apart from his stage productions Naharin , still fit and limber in his mid 60s , is driven to export the joy of movement outside of the dance community. His movement language , Gaga, is now bring taught to people of all ages and physical abilities.

    For years Naharin refused the Heymann brothers access until finally surrendering his boxes of tapes. The result is a tour de force.
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated, 100 mins
  • Genre
  • Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 100 minutes

IFF - Land of the Little People

  • Cast
  • Cast : Lior Rochman, Mishel Pruzansky, Amit Hechter, Ido Kestler, Ofer Hayun, Maor Schweitzer
  • Synopsis
  • One of Variety magazine’s main reviewers , Jay Weissberg ,called The Land of the Little People - “ a kick in the gut, unrelenting condemnation of Israeli society seen through the prism of children. “

    With generous inspiration from “ The Lord of the Flies “, mixed with elements of “The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea “ , this production will generate plenty of debate as a political metaphor of Israeli society. Produced by Tony Copti ,a Palestinian ( who also produced Ajami playing in this year’s festival ) the film is a tough depiction of a group of Israeli kids whose sons of play centres on brutality.

    When four young children from a village of military officers discover two IDF deserter in their playground of an abandoned military camp , the action unfolds inevitably towards a gruesome end as they try to take back their stolen territory.
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated, 83 mins
  • Genre
  • Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 83 minutes

IFF - Quiet Gold and Bird in the Room

  • Synopsis
  • Quiet Gold:
    Quiet Gold is local filmmaker Erin Rosenberg’s contemplative tribute to the Yiddish language ,It features appearances by author Arnold Zable, Romek Mokotow ,a master of the mameloshn , Fredyi Mrocki, lead singer of Klezmania, and Hindi Ana Burstin ,academic and poet.

    Bird in the Room:
    This is the tale of the mysterious life and death of Tirza Atar ( 1941 -1977 ) , the daughter of one of the towering figures of Israeli and Jewish culture, the poet Nathan Alterman.

    Atar composed hundreds of poems and song lyrics , wrote popular children’s books and translated theatre. Her short and turbulent life remains shrouded in mystery many years after her tragic death at the age of thirty six. The documentary fuses the life and work of this highly talented woman with the complicated relationship she had with her father , a national poet.

    The production features brief re enactments , that converge - along with song segments and archival footage - into a multi layered emotional journey to create a portrait of the life of a daughter and a father enmeshed in the world of literature.
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated, 84 mins
  • Genre
  • Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 84 minutes

IFF - Between Worlds

  • Cast
  • Maria Zreik, Maya Gasner, Yoram Toledano, Veronica Nicole Tetelbaum, Avi Dangur, Jamil Khoury, Roy Golan.
  • Synopsis
  • Between Worlds takes the form of political hospital drama set in and around the ward of a soldier injured in a terrorist attack .

    The attack brings together two women from two completely different worlds. Bina , a religious woman from Jerusalem and the mother of Ulli the injured soldier , rushes to hospital to see her son for the first time since he became secular and broke off contact with his family . There she befriends Amal , a Palestinian woman who in real life is Ulli’s lover . Desperate to get close to Ulli , Amal is forced to play second fiddle and sneak moments with her man , when his estranged family take over the hospital ward. Both women are waiting for a miracle to happen.

    Its a simple tale about difference ,acceptance and how love can …...with some degree of difficulty, transcend all barriers.
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated, 84 mins
  • Genre
  • Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 84 minutes

IFF - Late Marriage

  • Cast
  • Ronit Elkabetz, Lior Ashkenazi, Moni Moshonov, Lili Kosashvilli
  • Synopsis
  • Yasha and Lily want Zaza , their 32 year old son to get married . Being of Georgian origin this means the bride must be young , rich , gorgeous and have a good reputation in the community

    Each night the parents set out to check the potential brides . Zaza charms them all but none of the aspiring brides can compete as she is hopelessly in love with Judith ( Elkabetz ) .She’s older than him , a single mom to a six year old daughter , independent , feminine ,captivating and Moroccan. Judith is the embodiment of everything he won’t find within his own family tradition.

    A chance circumstance leads the parents to discover Judith's existence and to a crisis in the family . Will Zaza survive parental wrath ? Who says love can conquer all ?
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated, 100 mins
  • Genre
  • Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 100 minutes

IFF - Holy Air

  • Cast
  • Shady Srour, Laetitia Eido, Shmulik Calderon
  • Synopsis
  • In this witty comedy , a Nazareth businessman must negotiate with the holy city’s rulers ,gangsters and his own family, when he tries one last get rich scheme - selling “ holy air “

    Adam ( writer /director Shady Srour ) is a Christian Arab living in Nazareth. His wife Lamia is a strong ,beautiful and progressive Arab woman who runs a foundation for women’s rights.

    With a string of failed business ideas behind him and in urgent need of cash , Adam comes up one last brilliant idea - selling Holy Air. Taking to the streets and selling to tourists the very air that the Virgin Mary breathed is a sure fire winner. But a venture like this requires the cooperation of the three powerful cultures ruling Nazareth - the Jewish politicians , the Muslim mafia boss and Catholic officials.

    In a politically unstable world where religion is just another merchandise can the Holy Air be Adam’s salvation or is it just an illusion ?
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated, 81 mins
  • Genre
  • Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 81 minutes

IFF - War Story

  • Synopsis
  • This documentary is an intimate glimpse into the life and career of a contemporary Israeli hero, Brigadier General ( Res ) Gal Hirsch, who will be in Australia as a guest of the festival.

    Gal’s career began at military boarding school in Tel Aviv ; he spearheaded Israel’s fight against terror for 34 years on all fronts as a commander of several elite units and as a field officer.

    In his own words Gal tells the story of the Second Lebanon War when he commanded the Galillee Division and the battles on Israel’s northern borders. He also reveals the hidden war that took place behind his back following an incident when two soldiers were kidnapped under his watch.

    Gal sets out to clear his name after being forced to leave the army. Backed by Supreme Court Justice, Eliahu Winograd, he and Yair Elazar, the son of a chief of staff of the Yom Kippur War , “Dado” , go out to correct an injustice by a military leadership that renounced responsibility for a bloody war.
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated, 59 mins
  • Genre
  • Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 59 minutes

IFF - Alice

  • Cast
  • Ilanit Ben Yaakov: Darya Sheizaf : Neta Bar Refael : Amos Shouv : Haim Znati
  • Synopsis
  • Alice, 38, spends her days sleeping. Working nights at a rehabilitation center takes a toll on her own emotional life and that of her family. Yigal, Alice’s husband, feels tormented by her chilly attitude, while Eli, her 9 year old son, is desperate for affection.
    The rehabilitation centre houses thirty young women. Alice prefers as little communication as possible with the girls and performs only the basic demands of her job: handing out medication, supervising meals and overseeing shower time. After lights out, in her small room in the staff area, Alice meets up with Yoel, her lover. On the narrow single bed, a burning passion for a life that might have been, is played out.
    Alice’s female patients and their volcanic emotional worlds are acted out in vivid contrast to Alice’s life. Soon the two worlds meet in a power triangle that threatens to spin totally out of control.
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated, 75 mins
  • Genre
  • Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 75 minutes

IFF - The Secrets

  • Synopsis
  • Naomi ( Ania Bukstein ) , the heroine of this religious melodrama is the brilliant daughter of a revered Orthodox rabbi ( Sefi Revlin ) . Highly learned in Jewish law she is the pride and joy of her father.

    The movie , directed by Avi Nesher, is from a screenplay he wrote with Hadar Galon ,a London -born feminist playwright ,actress and Orthodox Jew. Its a film about religious and sexual intolerance ,about reconciling opposing beliefs, and about the fervour of feminism implacably opposed to religious patriarchy.

    When Naomi persuades her father to send her to Sfad to study at a seminary she meets the equally headstrong Michelle. Together they are assigned to look after Anouk , a non Jewish woman suffering terminal cancer ( played by the French actress Fanny Ardant ) . Anouk begs the girls to lead her through a series of Kabbalistic cleansing rites and enact a spiritual rescue mission.

    When Naomi begins to consult the sacred texts to perform those rites she begins a daring journey into forbidden realms.
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated, 127 mins
  • Genre
  • Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 127 minutes

IFF - Ewa

  • Cast
  • Avi Koshnir, Efrat Ben Zur, Gil Frank, Gaia Shalita Katz, Aryeh Hasfari
  • Synopsis
  • Yoel and Ewa have been married a long time . One day Yoel learns to his surprise that he owns some property and that one of his tenants knows his wife.

    The production is a gradual unravelling of a mystery and shifts between Holocaust memories and the present time . Director Haim Tabakman says he wanted to depict
    “ A moment in the life of a couple ,when the human struggle to share an entire life with a person who is different from you comes to a dramatic edge. “

    Tabakman made his feature debut with Eyes Wide Open which screened at Cannes. Ewa is his second feature and is an Israeli - European ( Poland / Germany ) co production
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated, 89 mins
  • Genre
  • Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 89 minutes

IFF - Mother With a Gun

  • Synopsis
  • At a time when we are witnessing an increase in deadly attacks on
    Jews in Europe and America, director Jeff Daniels has delivered a
    film that asks how should a Jew respond?
    “How are Jews to approach the unrelenting cycle of Jew hatred?
    History teaches them that century upon century of Anti Semitism
    has led to their mass execution - the Holocaust is still within
    living memory. Is it any surprise that some commit themselves
    to violent reaction”
    This production examines the Jewish Defence League (still listed
    as a terrorist organisation in USA) via a portrait of Shelley Rubin,
    formerly married to Irv Rubin, a former leader of the JDL and close
    associate of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane. Advocating any means
    necessary to prevent anti-semitism Shelley supports armed
    response and preventative violence. Daniels follows Shelley from
    her past growing up as a good Jewish girl in the suburbs to a
    complex present facing imprisonment and the violent death of her
    friends and family members.
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated, 81 mins
  • Genre
  • Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 81 minutes

IFF - Jaffa

  • Cast
  • Ronit Elkabetz, Moni Moshonov, Dana Ivgy, Mahmoud Shalaby, Roy Assaf.
  • Synopsis
  • Jaffa is Ronit Elkabetz’s second collaboration with Keren Yedaya who wrote and directed this film which premiered in Cannes in 2009. Partly inspired by the Egyptian films that used to play on Israeli Tv on Fridays Yedaya constructed this family drama as a questioning of Israel's position towards the Palestinians.

    In the heart of Jaffa , a city nicknamed : The Bride of the Sea “ by Palestinians , Reuven’s family garage is a family business. His daughter , Mali ,and his son Meir, as well as Toufik and Hassan ,a young Palestinian and his father work at the garage. No one suspects that Mali and Toufik have been in love for years. As the two lovers are secretly making their wedding arrangements , tension builds between Toufik and Meir . Ronit Elkabetz is imperious through as the matriarch of the Jewish family
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated, 100 mins
  • Genre
  • Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 100 minutes

 

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