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Written by: [2 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]
Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures is a wonderfully feel-good film that surges with the excitement of the race to space, and the nascent Civil Rights Movement. It’s a riveting story that follows Katherine Goble, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson, three African-American women, as they struggle with the tensions of racial discrimination and sexism of early 1960s America, while their mathematical and engineering talents play a crucial role in advancing space travel. A story all the more amazing as it is based on fact, perhaps the most surprising aspect of the film is that …

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Written by: [13 Dec 2016 | Comments Off on Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival: Bang! The Bert Berns Story | ]
Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival: Bang! The Bert Berns Story

Piece of my Heart is one of those songs that hits you hard and deep, for me, and for a multitude of music fans (fanatics?) it will always be connected with Janis Joplin, but after seeing Bang! The Bert Berns Story, I will never again hear the song in the same way. It still cuts deep, maybe even deeper,

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Written by: [7 Dec 2016 | Comments Off on Moana | ]
Moana

Moana is the adventurer so many girls (and girls at heart) long to see on screen – curious, brave, and strong. John Musker and Ron Clements (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin) have created a story with the force of myth, powered by nature, magic, and character, infused with music and humor, and with a visually compelling island aesthetic expressed in use of traditional designs, tattoo art, glowing underwater scenes, dramatic storms and serene green exotica.

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Written by: [4 Dec 2016 | Comments Off on Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival 2016 | ]
Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival 2016

The Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival will take place from December 24 – 29, 2016 at the Jerusalem Cinematheque. Now in its 18th edition, the festival will present 40 films, with Israeli and international premieres, with many opportunities for the audience to meet and converse with the festival’s special guests.

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Written by: [29 Nov 2016 | Comments Off on Kutiman – Offgrid Offline | ]
Kutiman – Offgrid Offline

Art is a mind-altering substance. Certainly, in its creation, but even as an observer, viewing, hearing, experiencing a work of art impacts the mind whether consciously or not. The ways art is made and the ways in which it is defined and understood are always in flux, although we are living in a time when this process is perhaps more readily apparent than most. Offgrid, by Kutiman (Ophir Kutiel), the musician and video artist, is the latest work in his Thru You series begun in 2009, a mesmerizing mash-up whose …

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Written by: [26 Nov 2016 | Comments Off on Midnight East Top Ten: December 2016 | ]
Midnight East Top Ten: December 2016

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As 2016 moves towards its close, leaving many of us looking back in horror at the events of the past year, and since, as we know, winter is coming – let’s bring some warmth and light into the month to come and the new year ahead!

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Written by: [8 Nov 2016 | Comments Off on OH LÀ LÀ French Comedy Festival 2016 | ]
OH LÀ LÀ French Comedy Festival 2016

You can open minds and hearts with either tears or laughter – given the choice, I prefer laughter. The OH LÀ LÀ festival of French comedies presents a wonderful variety of comedies, 17 features in all, as well as screenings of short films. The festival, now in its second edition, will take place from November 14 – 29, 2016. Screenings will take place at the cinematheques in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Sderot, Holon, Herzliya, Rosh Pina, Savyon Culture Center, Zohar Hall in Tivon, and Globus Max Ashdod. There will also …

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Written by: [27 Oct 2016 | Comments Off on The Wedding Plan | ]
The Wedding Plan

The Wedding Plan (LaAvor et HaKir) is a romantic comedy with a difference, and not just because the protagonist is Ultra-Orthodox. Written and directed by Rama Burshtein (Fill the Void), the film satisfies the wacky requirements of the genre, with an abundance of rollicking humor, yet reaches beyond them too. Taking place between worlds – that of Ultra-Orthodox and secular society in Israel, The Wedding Plan shines in the details, the nuances of conversation. Clever, edgy, funny and even poetic at times, the dialogue carries the humor and the emotion of the film, …

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Written by: [24 Oct 2016 | Comments Off on Midnight East Top Ten November 2016 | ]
Midnight East Top Ten November 2016

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Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton will be performing at Ashan Hazman Beer Sheva on November 21st, Zappa Tel Aviv, on November 24th, and Zappa Jerusalem on November 26th. Blind Boy Paxton is an amazing blues musician, hearing him is an incredible experience – one of the most talented, spontaneous, and generous performers I have ever heard! He’s sharp, fast, and funny, and has a lively rapport with the audience! If you possibly can, I recommend going to all his shows. A multi-instrumentalist who hails from Mississippi, Paxton infuses his performance with a …

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Written by: [15 Oct 2016 | Comments Off on Aki Nu – Japanese Film Festival 2016 | ]
Aki Nu – Japanese Film Festival 2016

Aki Nu (Autumn), the first Japanese film festival in Israel, will take place from October 18 – 30, 2016. Presenting a selection of contemporary cinema from Japan, the festival was initiated and programmed by the Holon Cinematheque, and supported by the Japan Foundation and the Japanese Embassy. Festival Artistic Director is Roni Mahadav-Levin, director of the Holon Cinematheque, and screenings will take place at the Holon, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Herzliya and Jerusalem cinematheques.