Art On Screen 2019

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Eden Cinema presents the premiere season of an exciting new project: Art On Screen. The initiative of Caroline Boneh, founder and General Director of Eden Cinema, this unique film festival offers Israeli audiences the opportunity to enjoy plays, music performances, dance, and other arts events that would otherwise not be seen in Israel, bringing the West End, Broadway and Paris to the local cinema. Theatre, musicals, dance, opera, circus performances and documentary films relating to the arts will be shown at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, Lev Cinema in Tel Aviv, and the Suzanne Dellal Centre from September 5 – October 11, 2019.

Edmond de Bergerac/Photo: Nicolas Velter, courtesy of Nachshon Films

The season will open with a festive screening of the film Edmond de Bergerac, written and directed by Alexis Michalik, in the presence of the director. Based on Michalik’s eponymous play, the film focuses the creation of one of theatre and popular culture’s most famous characters: Cyrano de Bergerac. The film brings fin de siècle Paris and its cultural luminaries to life (with Michalik in the role of playwright Georges Feydeau), following struggling young writer Edmond de Rostand through his search for inspiration, and the writing of Cyrano de Bergerac. The film will be released in Israel at a later date by Nachshon films.

Cyrano will be a presence in this season with two additional versions of the charismatic character: Gérard Depardieu’s Academy Award nominated performance in the 1990 film directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau, and the stage version created by actor/director Denis Podalydès for the Comédie Française, with Michel Vuillermoz in the role of Cyrano de Bergerac.

All About Eve/Photo courtesy of National Theatre Live

Some season highlights:

Theatre: The Noel Coward Theatre production of All About Eve, adapted and directed by Ivan van Hove, and starring Gillian Anderson and Lily James. Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, in an Old Vic production, starring Sally Fields and Bill Pullman.

Musicals: A stage adaptation of Stanley Donen’s An American in Paris, with the wonderful music of George and Ira Gershwin. Director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon has created new dances for this version. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – the musical is inspired by the BBC documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16. Dan Gillespie composed the music; book and lyrics are by Tom MacRae. The film version is with the original cast.

Music performances: a film of two concerts by Jacques Brel, a concert of Georges Bresson from 1969, and a special recording of Arthur Rubinstein in concert, performing works by Greig and Chopin, with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andre Previn.

The full program may be found (in English) on the Art on Screen website.

The films will be shown with Hebrew subtitles. Tickets for films are 40 NIS (20 NIS for subscribers); filmed performances are 79 NIS (59 NIS for subscribers). Tickets for the Jacques Brel double concert are 89 NIS (69 for subscribers).

Production team: Idea, initiative & production – Caroline Boneh, Eden Cinema; Production: Anna Mirsky, Yoad Earon, Jonathan Harnik; Artistic Consultant: Shauli Baskind.