Israeli Cinema: Articles


'Operation Thunderbolt': Pedestrian Real-Life-Inspired Terrorism Drama

Operation Thunderbolt with Klaus Kinski and Sybil Danning Despite the complex and gripping real-life basis for Mivtsa Yonatan / Operation Thunderbolt – the 1976 hijacking of a Tel Aviv-Athens-Paris Air France flight – director-co-producer-co-scenarist Menahem Golan managed to make a film utterly devoid of suspense, depth, or intelligence. With its […]


Lucy and Ethel Lesbian Affair False Rumors + Gay Orthodox Jews

Lucy and Ethel lesbian (false) rumors: Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance in I Love Lucy. At the San Francisco Chronicle's blog/column The Collective Mind, Bob Bragman talks about the unearthing of Vivian Vance's unpublished memoirs, which the I Love Lucy actress wanted to be out before her death in 1979. […]


'Lemon Tree': Palestinian Widow Fights Israeli Army - Q&A with Director Eran Riklis

Based on actual events, Eran Riklis' Lemon Tree (no connection to Sandy Tolan's novel The Lemon Tree), which opens today in the Los Angeles area, chronicles a Palestinian widow's fight to prevent the Israeli army from razing her lemon grove. The problem is that all those lemon trees are located […]


Ed Catmull Creativity Honored + NSFC Awards' First Ever Animated & Non-Fiction Best Film

Ed Catmull. Pixar co-founder and “collective creativity” proponent Ed Catmull will be the recipient of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2009 Gordon E. Sawyer Award, handed to “an individual in the motion picture industry whose technological contributions have brought credit to the industry.” Past honorees – all […]


'Antarctica': Gay Population of Tel Aviv Dreams On - Q&A with Director Yair Hochner

Antarctica: Gay population of Tel Aviv dreams about lands far away in ensemble Israeli drama. In writer-director Yair Hochner's intriguing, multi-layered, remarkably well-acted Antarctica, which Regent Releasing is opening tomorrow, Nov. 14, at the Regent Showcase in Hollywood, several gay men and a couple of lesbians get enmeshed in a […]


'Jellyfish': Q&A with Director Etgar Keret

I caught Jellyfish (Meduzot in Hebrew), which opens in New York tomorrow and in Los Angeles on April 25, at the 2007 AFI FEST. What I liked best about this quirky look at several Tel Aviv denizens was the humorous, naturalistic touch of husband-and-wife team of writers-turned-filmmakers Etgar Keret and […]


Band Movie Tops Tokyo Festival But Disqualified for Academy Awards

“Band movie” filmmaker Eran Kolirin: The Band's Visit was the Best Film winner at this year's Tokyo Film Festival. Israeli 'band movie' tops Tokyo Film Festival 2007 Tokyo Film Festival: Oct. 20–28. Eran Kolirin's The Band's Visit, about an Egyptian police band stranded in a small Israeli town, was the top […]


Costa-Gavras: Director Gets Eisenstein Honor + Israeli Academy Award Winners

Screenwriter, director, and producer Costa-Gavras, 74, never one to shy away from inflammatory themes, will be honored with the second-ever Eisenstein Award handed out by the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. The Sept. 28 ceremony will launch a two-day Costa-Gavras mini-festival, with screenings of four of the […]


Pedro Almodóvar Film Star + Andrzej Wajda vs. Censors & Mia Farrow Sudan Message

Pedro Almodóvar Pedro Almodóvar: Best-known Spanish film director According to a poll conducted by the Spanish-based SigmaDos, Pedro Almodóvar is the best-known modern-day Spanish film director in his home country, Zinema reports. That should come as no surprise to anyone anywhere in the world, of course. In fact, what's somewhat […]


Seoul Film Festival & Israeli Film Academy Winners + London Festival Movies

The 2006 Seoul Film Festival came to a close this past Sunday, Sept. 17. The Best Film winner in the International Competition section was Sebastián Camposs dramatic comedy La Sagrada familia / The Sacred Family, the story of a dysfunctional Chilean family whose routine is turned upside down when the sons rebellious and highly […]


'Yossi & Jagger': Gay Love in Subversive Military Romantic Drama

Yossi & Jagger with Yehuda Levi and Ohad Knoller. Yossi & Jagger is a tragic love story set in a most unlikely place: an Israeli army camp. Directed by Eytan Fox from a screenplay by Avner Bernheimer, Yossi & Jagger is what the much more publicized, more elaborate, more expensive, […]


'Next Door' Movie: Where Alfred Hitchcock Never Dared to Tread + Deadly Delhi Riots & Teen Prostitution Ring

'Next Door' movie with Kristoffer Joner and Julia Schacht. 'Next Door' movie: Going where Alfred Hitchcock feared to tread Screened at Los Angeles' AFI FEST 2005, the Norwegian psychological horror-thriller Next Door / Naboer offers a portrayal of a desperate man (Kristoffer Joner) who finds himself in some very strange […]