Haifa International Film Festival 2019 – Israeli Films


The 35th Haifa Film Festival will take place from October 12 – 21, 2019, and is produced by Ethos – The Haifa Municipality Art, Culture and Sports Association Company. Artistic Director: Pnina Blayer. The full program will soon be available on the festival website.

Israeli Feature Film Competition


Africa/Photo: Adi Moses

Israel 2019/82 min/Hebrew with English and Hebrew subtitles

Written and directed by Oren Graner (Debut film)

Meir, a 68 year old retired engineer, who has organized his community’s annual celebration for thirty years, discovers that he has been replaced. He has difficulty dealing with feelings of redundancy, and begins a quiet battle to restore a feeling of vitality to his life. Africa is Oren Graner’s debut film. Incorporating documentary elements from the director’s life, it was filmed in his parent’s home, and they portray the lead characters.

The Art of Waiting

The Art of Waiting/Photo: Daniel Miller

Israel 2019/90 min/Hebrew with English and Hebrew subtitles

Directed by Erez Tadmor; Written by Tadmor & Roy Assaf

Liran and Tali, a couple in their thirties, dream of having a child. As it turns out, they need to undergo fertility treatments. What appears simple at first turns out to be more complicated, with emotional and physical difficulties, and other stresses. Will their love survive?

Love Trilogy: Reborn

Reborn/Photo: Nitzan Lotem & Shay Skif

Israel 2019/108 min/Hebrew with English and Hebrew subtitles

Written and directed by Yaron Shani

Dark secrets threaten the lives of three women. On the edge of an abyss, they discover love, grace, and a chance to make a change and be reborn. Reborn is part of the Love Trilogy.


Mirage/Photo: Dato G Anashvili

Israel 2019/83 min/Hebrew with English and Hebrew subtitles

Written, directed and produced by David Ben Ari

Two very different men share a night journey. 19-year-old Ami is a murderer and state’s witness; Yitzhak is 52 years old and the head of an Ultra-Orthodox Yeshiva. The two set out to rescue their loved one – Moria, Yitzhak’s 17-year-old daughter, who was kidnapped by the criminals against whom Ami is supposed to testify. During the course of the night’s events, the two discover that they have more in common than they thought.

Golden Voices

Golden Voices/Photo: Ziv Berkovich

Israel 2019/88 min/Hebrew, Russian, with English and Hebrew subtitles

Directed by Evgeny Roman; Screenplay by Evgeny Roman, Ziv Berkovich

Victor and Raya were the golden voices of Soviet dubbing for many years. In 1990, with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the couple (like thousands of other Soviet Jews) decides to immigrate to Israel. Even though dubbing in Russian is not really needed in Israel, their talents will lead them to interesting places, and will make their experience of acclimation – which is typically absurd and traumatic – even more painful and funny.

Mr. Kohl’s Final Hour

Mr. Kohl’s Final Hour/Photo: Itamar Cohen

Israel 2019/80 min/Hebrew with English subtitles

Directed by Doron Eran; Screenplay by Joshua Sobol

Mickey Kohl, a lawyer, has one hour before he is sent to jail for attacking a judge who ruled against him. Kohl is standing at the entrance to the prison when he receives a phone call that changes everything and he learns that all was not lost in the trial in which he lost his wife, money and freedom. In that hour, through phone conversations with the women in his life and flashbacks, he learns the truth about the trial and reflects on his life. Mr. Kohl’s Final Hour is based on the play by Joshua Sobol.

Israeli Features – Special Screenings

The Electrifiers

Directed by Boaz Armoni; Screenplay by Sharel Peterman, Shir Reuven, Zvika Natan


Directed by Lodi Boken; Screenplay by Lodi Boken, Adi Shoval

Love Trilogy: Stripped, Chained, Reborn

Written and directed by Yaron Shani

Israeli Documentary Film Competition

Underground Ballet

Directed by Lena Chaplin

Bukra fil Mish-Mish

Directed by Tal Michael

Absolute Happiness

Directed by Aviv Or Meshulam

The Prophet

Written and directed by Ilan Robin Fields

100 Million Views

Written and directed by Itamar Rose


Written and directed by Itzik Lerner


Written, directed and produced by Ayelet Dekel

Kuya Noy

Directed by Daniel Binstead