Axelrod Arts Center Presents Israel Film Festival
The Monmouth County Israel Film Festival proudly presents an entertaining, thought-provoking and high-quality line-up comprised of the best Jewish and Israeli films from across the world. This year’s festival will provide you with your pick of award winning documentaries, dramas and comedies!
Held at The ShowRoom, 708 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Tickets: $10 each show, Series: $52 Phone 732-858-8106 or visitwww.axelrodartscenter.com
Sunday, July 27 BETHELHEM
Director: Yuval Adler
Awards: Best Film, Venice Film Festival, 2013; Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Israeli Film Academy,2013. Bethlehem tells the story of the unlikely bond between anIsraeli secret service officer, and his Palestinian informant. Bethlehem gives an unparalleled, authentic portrait of the complex reality behind the news… Filled with “Spies, Intrigue and Oscar Possibility”.
Monday, July 28 THE BALLAD OF THE WEEPING SPRING
Director: Beni ToratiAwards: Best Original Music and Best Costume Design Israeli Academy AwardsTwenty years after disappearing, a legendary lute player iscoaxed out of self-imposed exile for a deathbed concert for a former band-mate. This stylized, moody and surprising journey is part spaghetti western, part SEVEN SAMURAI, with musical instruments instead of weapons.
Tuesday, July 29 UNDER THE SAME SUN
Director: Sameh ZoabiAwards: Best Feature Narrative . Peace on Earth Film FestivalA joint venture between an Israeli and a Palestinian? Impossible! That’s what the friends and families of Shaul, an Israeli businessman and Nizar, his Palestinian partner, think. Yet in this hope-inspiring feature film, both the cooperation between the two men from communities mistrusting each other and the utopia of a lasting peace in the Middle East come truethanks to a Facebook campaign.
Wednesday, July 30 UP THE WRONG TREE
Director: Gur BentvichAwards: Nominated for five Ophir Awards (Israeli Academy Awards)including Best Actor and Best Screenplay.Slacker Nitz returns from his wanderings only to be kicked out by his angry girlfriend and their beloved dog and finds himself stuck under her apartment and in the thick of a political battle against real estate sharks and parking-lot tycoons.
Thursday, July 31 KIDON
Director: Emmanuel Naccache Awards: Nominated for Best Actress, Best Sound, Israeli Film Academy, 2013. This peppy spy comedy is a tongue-in-cheek re-imagining of the circumstances surrounding the intriguing true story in 2010, when a Hamas operative, was assassinated in his Dubai hotel room. Though local police accuse the Mossad, and alleged security footage makes worldwide news,the Mossad have never heard of these agents or this mission. What unfolds is a thrilling scramble to uncover the identity of the assassins. Featuring supermodel Bar Rafaeli.
Sunday, August 3 ZERO MOTIVATION
Director: Talya Lavie Awards: Winner Best Narrative Feature – Tribeca Film FestivalA zany, dark comedic portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female Israeli soldiers. The human resources office at a remote
desert base is the setting for this cast of characters who bide their time pushingpaper and battling in computer games, counting down the minutes until they can return to civilian life. Amidst their boredom and clashing personalities, issues of commitmentto friendship, love, and country are handled with humor and sharp-edged wit.
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