Norman Oppenheimer is a small time operator who befriends a young politician at a low point in his life. Three years later, when the politician becomes an influential world leader, Norman's life dramatically changes for better and worse.
Director: Joseph Cedar.
Cold Iron Pictures
Through the story of three young women soldiers, 'Zero Motivation' provides a comic-tragic glimpse into the Israeli militaristic society, depicting a real and surreal, humorous and gloomy journey inside a maze of military bureaucracy.
An administration office may be the dullest and most unseen place on earth, but a staple-gun in the first act is sure to go off in the third.
Zero Motivation was premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and won the Best Film Award and the best femme-centric Nora Ephron Prize. The film was released in Israel on June 2014 and broke the box-office record. It won 6 Israeli Academy Awards and was chosen as the Best Israeli Film by the Israeli Film Critics Association.
Director: Talya Lavie.
Best narrative feature, Tribeca film festival
Production company: July August Productions
FOOTNOTE is the tale of a great rivalry between a father and son, two eccentric professors, who both dedicated their lives to work in Talmudic Studies. The father, Eliezer, is a stubborn purist who fears the establishment and has never been recognized for his work. His son, Uriel, is an up-and-coming star in the field, who appears to feed on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition.Then one day, the tables turn. When Eliezer learns that he is to be awarded the Israel Prize, the most valuable honor for scholarship in the country, his vanity and desperate need for validation are exposed. His son, Uriel, is thrilled to see his father's achievements finally recognized but, in a darkly funny twist, is forced to choose between the advancement of his own career and his father's. Will he sabotage his father's glory?
Director: Joseph Cedar.
Best Cinematography award, Israeli Film Academy.
Nominated for best foreign language film at the 2012 Academy Awards.
Best script award, Cannes 2011.
Production company: Movie plus
Tells the story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant. Shuttling back and forth between conflicting points of view, the film is a raw portrayal of characters torn apart by competing loyalties and impossible moral dilemmas, giving an unparalleled glimpse into the dark and fascinating world of human intelligence.
Toronto film festival 2013.
Venice film festival 2013. (Winner best film, venice days)
Director: Yuval Adler.
Entre Chein et Lup/ gringo films/ Pie Films
Yaki and Shaul are two teenage brothers who share a strong, almost telepathic connection between them.
The brother's family is suffering from an overgrowing debt which led to a deep depression of their father. The brothers feel that they can't just stand on the sidelines while their family falls apart.
Up until now they were helpless but now with Yaki's enlistment to the army, like every other 18 year old Israeli boy, he is given a rifle.
This rifle gives the brothers the power they need to act and from helpless teenagers they become men.
Berlin Film Festival, Panorama, 2013.
Director: Tom Shoval
Green productions/ONE TWO Films/United King Films
Three unmarried aristocratic Christian sisters from Ramallah have shut themselves in their villa clinging desperately to their former glory, until their orphan niece, Badia, walks into their life and turns their world upside down.
Toronto film festival 2014
Venice Film Festival, 2014
Director: Suha Arraf
Production Company: Belssan Productions
When one of the brothers (Ohayn) dies, all the whole family comes for Shiva (Jewish tradition,when the family sits seven days at the home after the death one of their family). A large family with a lot of problems and conflicts between them.
Critics week, Cannes 2008.
Best Cinematography award, Israeli Film Academy.
Director: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz.
Production company: July August Productions/EZ Films/Thaleia Productions
'Afterthought' is the story of two characters walking up and down mount Carmel in the port city of Haifa. Uri is walking down to board a ship and escape his life. Moshe is going up the mountain looking for a lost earring, in an attempt to save his marriage. The city between them is a third character, sometimes equal in importance. An Extistential comedy with a uniqe rythm and structure.
Official selection, Cannes 2015.
Director: Elad Keidan.
Production company: EZ Films/Spiro FIlms
In Jerusalem, a bullied teen befriends his grandfather and long lost uncle and soon they decide to solve their financial problems by robbing a bank.
Director: Reshef Levi.
Production Company: Bleiberg Entertainment/United King Films
With the seedy suburbs of Jerusalem as a backdrop, this gritty comedy depicts two young lowlifes - Avishay, the local pizza boy, and his buddy Rami, a lifelong loafer. Their lives, and those of their friends and neighbors, revolve around two holy grails: cheap weed and The Jerusalem Neighborhoods Cupthe local amateur soccer league.
As the plot thickens Avishay and Rami become entangled with an irascible soccer coach and with a neighborhood gangster who has a fondness for severed fingers.
The big soccer match approaches and Rami and Avishay find themselves drawn into a battle of class, cultures, and passions. Perhaps this time they will have to see beyond their own petty predicaments if they want to save their lives - or their fingers.
The movie is a humorous look of the colorful, multi cultural, unique and somehow funny Israeli society.
Director: Oded Davidof.
Production company: Movie Plus Productions
United King Films
Simple people struggle through extraordinary circumstances. Sometimes the only answer to any problem is 'The world is funny so we have to laugh.
Director: Shemi Zarhin
Production company: Pie Films.
The movie follows a group of young friends in the city of Tel Aviv and is as much a love song to the city as it is an exploration of the claim that people in Tel Aviv are isolated from the rest of the country and the turmoil it's going through. The movie looks at young people's lives in Tel Aviv through the POVs of gays and straights, Jews and Arabs, men and women. It all begins when Noam, a young Israeli soldier, serves in the reserve forces and meets at a check point a Palestinian young man called Ashraf. Following an incident during which Noam misplaces his ID card at the check point, Ashraf shows up on the doorstep of the apartment that Noam shares with a gay man and a straight woman. How will the meeting affect all of their lives?
Berlin Film Festival, 2007 (C.I.C.A.E award)
Director: Eytan Fox.
Production Company: Uchovsky Fox/Metro Productions/Ronen Ben-Tal Films/Feingold Productions
The story takes place in Haifa, Israel, in 1979, during three days before the Shabbat. A young woman trying to raise three children, work from home, and observe the strict Moroccan traditions of her family finds herself at constant odds with her husband and her brothers, who want her to stay married and leave behind the notions of being loved and free.
Venice film festival, 2004. (Winner, audience award)
Director: Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz.
Production Company: Zangar Films/Transfax Film Productions
Romance blooms between two soldiers (Knoller, Levi) stationed in an Israeli outpost on the Lebanese border.
Director: Eitan Fox
Berlin film festival 2003.
Triebeca film festival 2003.
Production Company: Lama Productions
Through the streets of Jerusalem two teenagers' stories will unite to tell the summer adventure of their lives. Tamar is an amazingly talented but very quiet and insecure girl, who leaves behind her home and all she knows, changing herself unrecognizably -from her looks to her attitude- to brace herself for a dangerous mission to help a loved-one. Asaf, a clumsy, naive, and very shy boy working a boring summer job at City Hall, is given quite a mission himself : to take an uncontrollable stray dog from the pound, put it on a leash, and let it lead him back to its owners to be fined. The dog -Dinkah leads Asaf through the city to the people and places that will tell him about Dinka's owner -Tamar and her sudden disappearance. The more stories Asaf hears about this extraordinary girl, the more he falls for her, and as he and Dinkah continue their journey Asaf becomes aware that Tamar is in grave danger. Feeling he knows her, and knowing he loves her Asaf is determined to find Tamar and rescue her from her own rescue mission. This movie tells a beautiful story based on the novel by David Grossman, about growing up and finding the strength to overcome your fears, the meaning of true friendship, and best of all, finding someone to love, someone to hold, someone to run with...
Director: Oded Davidof
Production Company: B&K Productions