WHEN: Sunday, July 31 – Sunday, August 9
WHERE: Axelrod Performing Arts Center, 100 Grant Avenue, Deal Park
TICKETS: $10 SINGLE FILM $54 SERIES PASS
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In its sixth year, the festival features eight exceptional award-winning films from Israel and the United States, covering topics as diverse as family, the Israeli state, rock and roll, dementia, the Holocaust, hummus and Israeli Cooking.
A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS
WHEN: Sunday, July 31, 7:30pm
Opening the festival is Natalie Portman's much talked about "A Tale of Love and Darkness," based on Israeli author Amos Oz's international autobiographical best-seller about growing up in Jerusalem before the establishment of the Israeli State. Portman wrote, directed and starred in this film that Esquire called "the most revolutionary Jewish movie since 'Schindler's List.'" Portman, who is Israeli born, has been recognized for making "a new kind of Jewish film" available to American audience."
** Event Sponsor Poopa Dweck will be signing her cookbook, Aromas of Aleppo at 6:45pm before the screening of A Tale of Love and Darkness.
Cookbook price: $50.00
IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINE
WHEN: Monday, August 1, 3pm & 7:30pm
Directed by Roger Sherman, this documentary is a portrait of the Israeli people and culture told through food. Profiling chefs, home cooks, farmers, vintners, and cheese makers drawn from the more than 100 cultures that make up Israel today-Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Druze-a rich, complex human story emerges. Chef Michael Solomonov, an Israeli-born American, who's been called "the genius of Jewish cooking," is the film's guide. His celebrated restaurant Zahav is in Philadelphia.
7:30 Film Screening Event: Chef Solomonov will be interviewed by Garrett Bess.James Beard and Emmy-Nominated Executive Producer plus q&a
WHEN & WHERE: Monday, August 1, pm - Monroe Senior Center (MSC); Tuesday, August 2, 4pm- Jewish Heritage (JHM); Thursday, August 2, 7pm - APAC
Curmudgeonly widower Nat Dayan (Jonathan Pryce) clings to his way of life as a kosher bakery shop owner in London. Understaffed, Nat reluctantly enlists the help of Muslim teenager Ayyash, who accidentally drops his stash of marijuana into the challah dough. Business booms and an unlikely friendship rises. A warmhearted, humorous story about overcoming prejudice in unexpected places.
RABIN: THE LAST DAY
WHEN: Tuesday, August 2, 7pm – APAC; Wednesday, August 3, 7:30pm - JHM
For many Israelis, the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 marked a grim turning point in the country's history. Many believe the murder ended all hope for peace in the region. In this film Amos Gitai sets out to prove that the assassination was not the act of one fanatic but rather the culmination of a right-wing hate campaign.
WHEN: Wednesday, August 3, 7:30pm – APAC; Thursday, August 4, 7pm - JHM
A spellbinding mystery of identity and illusion by director Christian Petzold. Disfigured by a bullet from a death camp, Nelly, a German-Jewish nightclub singer, undergoes reconstructive surgery and emerges with a new face. She walks into a dangerous game of duplicity as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis.
WHEN: Tuesday, July 26, 7pm – MSC; Wednesday, August 3, 4pm - APAC
A triangle of love and fatherhood ties: Fidelman, a 70-year-old antique restoration specialist, struggles to keep his workshop open and hires an apprentice, Anton. When Anton falls in love with Fidelman's son Noah's pregnant wife, the two young men compete not only over a father but also over a woman and the baby she carries. Nominated for 11 Israeli Academy Awards.
WHEN: Sunday, August 7, 4pm & 7:30pm - APAC
Zev Guttman (Christopher Plummer), a 90-year-old man struggling with memory loss, gets a mysterious package from his fellow Auschwitz survivor friend Max (Martin Landau), containing cash and a letter detailing a shocking plan of revenge. Wheelchair-bound but mentally sharp, Max, guided by Zev, embark on a road trip to bring justice to the camp guard who destroyed both of their lives.
ROCK IN THE RED ZONE
WHEN: Tuesday, August 2, 9pm – APAC; Thursday, August 4, 9pm - APAC
A powerful exploration into the lives of musicians struggling to create art in a conflict zone, the film is an intimate portrayal of life on the edge in the war-torn city of Sderot, once known for its prolific revolutionary rock scene, which for thirteen years has been the target of ongoing rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. The film chronicles the town's trauma and reveals the enduring spirit of Sderot's diverse musicians.
JAMES BEARD AWARD WINNER CHEF MICHAEL SOLOMONOV
Special Festival Event: Monday, August 1
- 4:30pm: Author Meet & Greet and Cookbook Signing with James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Solomonov of Philadelphia's famed Zahav restaurant
- 6:30pm: Israeli Food Tasting & Cookbook signing
- 7:30 Film plus Screening Event: Chef Solomonov will be interviewed by Garrett Bess.James Beard and Emmy-Nominated Executive Producer plus q&a
* Special Festival Event Tickets *
TICKETS: $42 Event Pass includes film In Search of Israeli Cuisine, signed copy of Michael Solomonov's Zahav and food tasting reception
$72 Gold Series Pass includes all 8 films plus food tasting and signed cookbook