"World Cinema: Israel"

My book, "World Cinema: Israel" (originally published in 1996) is available from Amazon on "Kindle", with an in-depth chapter comparing and analyzing internationally acclaimed Israeli films up to 2010.

Want to see some of the best films of recent years? Just scroll down to "best films" to find listings of my recommendations.


Monday, January 1, 2018

Best Films of 2017

Here is my list of "best films". 
Since all of these films have been reviewed on this blog, you can check out the hot links for in-depth reviews!
Happy New Year!

Best Films of 2017

          Everything is Broken Up and Dances, starring and directed by Nony Geffen - a difficult film about a young man suffering from PTSD, about living with war and getting on with life.

In Between (Bar Bahar) -- Maysaloun Hamoud -- a compelling story about three Palestinian Israeli women, who are caught between their traditional society and the allure of the independent and open lifestyle of Tel Aviv.

An Israeli Love StoryDan Wolman - a tragic, yet overwhelmingly compelling story, set during the tumultuous period of the end of the British Mandate. 

The Cakemaker Ofir Raul Graizer -  a surprisingly tender romantic story about a German man who runs a coffee shop in Berlin. 

Foxtrot  - Samuel Maoz --  a brilliant and provocative prize-winning film which offers a shocking and effective cinematic criticism of the military establishment.

LongingSavi Gabizon – a touching story of family and bereavement.  

Maktub Oded Raz – a sentimental story about good deeds and helping make people’s wishes come true, starring two wonderfully ethnic characters!

Norman, The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer -- Joseph Cedar - starring Lior Ashkenazi and Richard Gere - a hard-hitting look at the relationship between American Jewry and the political leadership of Israel. 

Scaffolding - Matan Yair –  a story about Israeli high school kids who have been categorized as illiterate and also about a teacher who succeeds in making a difference in the lives of these kids.

       And the TV series –

Fauda -- Assaf Bernstein – an action series about an elite unit doing undercover work in the West Bank.  

No comments: