US film festivals next month spotlight Israeli movies

Most of these films will be released in the US at some point, but you can see them before that at these festivals, and often in the company of their directors.

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    DECEMBER 25, 2019 16:17


If you’re in the US and are interested in the latest Israeli films, you can see them at a number of film festivals coming up in January.

Most of these films will be released in the US at some point, but you can see them before that at these festivals, and often in the company of their directors.

The Miami Jewish Film Festival, which runs this year from January 9-23, will feature the world premiere of Aulcie, Dani Menkin’s documentary about Aulcie Perry, an American basketball player who led Maccabi Tel Aviv to an upset win in the European Championship. Perry’s life makes for a fascinating story that is by turns tragic, funny and moving, as he speaks candidly about how he embraced Judaism, his relationship with the late Israeli model Tami Ben-Ami, the knee pain that led him to turn to drugs, his prison term in the US and his return to Israel after conquering his addiction.

The New York Jewish Film Festival, which runs from January 15-28, is showing Aulcie as its opening-night film.

Incitement, Yaron Zilberman’s critically acclaimed drama that looks into the mind and motivation of Yigal Amir, the man who assassinated prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, won the Ophir Award for Best Picture this year, and will also be screened at both the Miami and New York festivals. The New York Jewish Film Festival will include a Master Class with Zilberman.

Incitement will also be shown at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Palm Springs is not a Jewish film festival but features a large and varied selection of films from the Middle East. It runs in Palm Springs, California, from January 3-13.

While Incitement may have been the biggest critical success in Israel this year, the most popular film locally was Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon’s Forgiveness, a funny and sentimental look at two small-time hoods and their search for redemption and cash, not necessarily in that order, in a town on the border with Gaza. Forgiveness will also be showing at all three of these film festivals in January, and US audiences will see for themselves whether this kind of humor travels. Their previous film, Maktub, which featured an extremely Israeli type of humor, proved to be a hit on the international film festival circuit.

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