Feature film, IL 1986, Director: Rafi Bukai, 84min, HEBREW WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | Newly restored digital copy of this classic Israeli film. The Sinai, 1967, near the end of the Six-Day War. This surreal antiwar film focuses on two retreating Egyptian soldiers who get caught between the two camps.
Israeli Films JFBB 2017
Feature film, German premiere, Director: Eran Kolirin, IL 2016, 92 min, HEBREW WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | With laconic humor and quiet rage, director Eran Kolirin dissects the desparate attempts of this dysfunctional family to be decent people in a divided society that does not reward good behavior.
Guest: Eran Kolirin, Presentation: Isaac Zablocki (JCC Manhattan, New York)
Documentary film, German premiere, Director Taliya Finkel, , IL/GER 2017, 58min, ENGLISH/HEBREW/GERMAN WITH GERMAN SUBTITLES | Physician Mohamed Helmy, who practiced in Berlin during the Nazi dictatorship, is the only Arab so far to be honored by Israel as "Righteous Among The Nations." A Muslim Egyptian, he selflessly treated Jewish patients. His courage and ingenuity rescued Anna Boros, a Jewish girl, from deportation to the death camps.
Guests: Taliya Finkel, Ronen Steinke (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
Presentation: Johannes C. Bockenheimer
Feature film, Director: Avi Nesher, IL 2016, 109 min, HEBREW WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | Based on a true story, Avi Nesher recounts two dissimilar sisters' search for their father's dark past—both a moving family drama and a highly suspenseful thriller.
Documentary film, European premiere, Director: Michael Alalu, IL 2016, 63min, HEBREW WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | Documentary about eccentric local politician and leftist Yosef "Pepe" Alalu, who at 68 runs for office in 2013 against Nir Barkat, the sitting mayor of Jerusalem, and an Orthodox candidate.
Presentation: Shelly Kupferberg
Feature film, German premiere, Director: Maha Haj, IL 2016, 90 min, ARABIC WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | This tragicomedy tells the story of three generations of a Palestinian family and their divergent lives across boundaries in wonderfully absurd episodes, with very dry humor and quiet melancholy. Going beyond the images and clichés from the media, it shows en passant how Palestinians live in Israel.
Presentation: Sophie Albers Ben Chamo (Cultural journalist)
Documentary film, German premiere 3 July, Director: Chen Shelach, IL 2016, 60 min, HEBREW/ENGLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | This documentary examines the dispute about the taboo of eating pork as a decades-long clash of cultures between liberal-secular Jews from the kibbuz movement and Orthodox Jews.
Documentary film, European premiere, Director: Yonatan Nir, IL 2016, 71 min, HEBREW/ENGLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | Berlin businessman Wilfrid Israel rescued thousands of Jews during the Holocaust, but only little is known about him. This documentary is the first to trace this forgotten hero's fascinating life story.
Guest: Jonathan Nir
Presentation: Shelly Kupferberg
Feature film, German premiere, Director: Rama Burshtein, IL 2016, 110 min, HEBREW WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | In this romantic comedy by Rama Burshtein ("Fill the Void"), 32-year-old Michal struggles with the balancing act between her individual happiness in love and the unbending rules of Orthodoxy.
Presentation: Prof. Frank Stern (Cultural- and film scientist)
Mockumentaries, European premiere 7 July, Director: Yair Qedar, Ilan Peled, IL 2016, 57 min und 63 min, HEBREW WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | Yair Qedar and Ilan Peled celebrate women who never existed in their fake documentaries. We present two of them, highly amusing and full of surprises, about the lives of poetess Lilian and transgender actress Bebe.
Guest: Yair Qedar, Presentation: Thomas Abeltshauser