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FESTIVAL DU CINÉMA ISRAÉLIEN DE MONTRÉAL
May 28th - June 4th

IRIS
Starts May 29th

THE WANTED 18
Starts May 29th

THE ROOM
May 29th

WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE
Starts June 5th

DARK STAR: H.R. GIGER’S WORLD
Starts June 5th

PHOENIX
Starts June 12th

52 TUESDAYS
Starts June 12th

THE NATIONAL OPERA OF PARIS IN MONTREAL
L'HISTOIRE DE MANON

June 14th and 18th

GÜEROS
Starts June 19th


BAZ LUHRMANN IN CONCERT
IN COLLABORATION WITH
THE MONTRÉAL JAZZFEST

MOULIN ROUGE & ROMEO + JULIET

June 19th - 25th

THE GREAT MUSEUM
Starts June 26th

JACO
Starts July 3rd

 

 

 

 



FESTIVAL DU CINÉMA ISRAÉLIEN DE MONTRÉAL

May 28th - June 4th

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The Cinéma du Parc moviecard is not accepted for this event. Admission price: $15

SCHEDULE

Thursday 28 may at 7:00 pm | Cinéma du Parc | S.T. Français

Short Film
NIRO AND FLICKA
By : Hai Afik,
30 min
O.V. Hebrew, Eng. S.T.

When he was a child, Niro, raised on a Jewish settlement, befriended a local Arab shepherd, Muhammad. He soon began to spend more and more time in the company of Arab boys his own age. In his teens Niro was presented with an unusual gift: Muhammad gave him a female donkey, blind in one eye and no longer suitable for heavy work. Niro adopted her, called her Flicka and as an adult completely embraced the Arab rural way of life, though never formally converting to Islam. Today Niro lives alone in the hills and earns his living by farming crops, with Flicka as his only company. An accomplished musician on the Oud, Niro pays Hebrew and Arab music in the streets of Jerusalem, making tentative steps, at the age of 40, towards reconciliation with his father and hoping that one day, love will find him.

The Feature Film
DANCING IN JAFFA

By : Hilla Medalia (2014),
88 min
Documentary
Country : Israël

Renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine takes his belief that dance can overcome political and cultural differences and applies it to 11 year-old Jewish and Palestinian Israelis. What occurs is magical and transformative.

Thursday 28 may | Cinéma du Parc | 9:00 pm

GAGNANTS DU PRIX DU FILM ÉTUDIANT DE JÉRUSALEM 2015

Short Film
PEYOT

By : Efrat Berger
O.V. Hebrew, Eng. S.T.

Through the protagonist’s conflict, the director manages to describe the complexity of leaving the Haredi world, and using a mature and skillful hand leads the viewer into the world of ultra-Orthodox youngsters who choose to cross the lines. The director manages to get close to the characters firsthand, while maintaining a watchful documentary style.

Short Film
REMEMBER WHEN WE KISSED

By : Nayef Hammoud
O.V. Hebrew, Eng. S.T.

The film brings together exceptional cinematic qualities of photography, acting and directing, using a unique cinematic language that brings the boy-girl-falling-in-love story to the screen in an original way. The director’s talent is evident in all means of expression.

Opening Film – 9:00 pm

(DANCING ARABS) - MON FILS
By : Eran Riklis (2014)
100 min
Drama
Country : Israël

Eyad, a boy from an Arab village has the opportunity to attend a prestigious boarding school in Jerusalem. Eyad tries hard to fit in with the Jewish-Israeli culture of the late 1980s. He develops a close friendship with Jonathan, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, and is embraced as a member of the family by Jonathan’s mother Edna. Time passes, and as Saddam Hussein’s scud missiles loom over the horizon, Eyad knows love and disappointment, and makes a decision that will alter the course of his life forever.

Sunday 31 May at 5:00 pm | Cinéma du Parc | S.T. Français

SUICIDE
By : Benny Ferdman (2014)
129 min
Action, Suspens
Country: Israël

Suicide is an action thriller that depicts the final hours of Oded Tsur before he must end his life. Oded was in financial trouble with his failing business and was forced to take out a loan from a ruthless loan shark, Muki Zaken. Muki forced Oded to purchase a life insurance policy and commit suicide by 9pm that day in order to repay his debt. Failing to do so by exactly that time would result of Muki killing his wife and children as well. Romi Dor, a sharp police detective tries to pick up all the pieces of the investigation, holding Daphne, Oded’s wife, who is found beside her husband’s burned body. The police investigation reveals that Daphne is a manipulative ruthless adulteress, who used her husband’s situation to murder him. This action packed thriller leads us on a wild goose chase around a “holy” dark Jerusalem, during a 24 hour period, where all hell breaks loose.

Sunday 31 May at 7:00 pm | Cinéma du Parc | S.T. Français

Short Film
CLOSING UP

By : Achva Hershtik,
13 min
O.V. Hebrew, Eng. S.T.

Nahum, the 75 year old owner of a picture-framing store, attempts to get rid of the last of his stock as he closes up his business for the last time. He is unprepared for the way that the memories inside the frames begin to blur the past and the present.

The Feature Film
ZERO MOTIVATION

By : Talya Lavie (2014)
100 min
Action, Comedy
Country: Israël

Dark comedic portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female Israeli soldiers. The human resources office at a remote desert base serves as the setting for this cast of characters who bide their time pushing paper and playing computer games, counting down the minutes until they can return to civilian life. Amidst their boredom and clashing personalities, issues of commitment to friendship, love, and country are handled with humor and sharp-edged wit.

Sunday 31 May at 9:00 pm | Cinéma du Parc | S.T. Français

GETT: LE PROCÈS DE VIVIANE AMSALEM
By : Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz (2014)
115 min
Drama
Country: Israël, France, Allemagne

A powerful and polemical masterpiece, shot entirely within the confines of a rabbinical court, that follows the bitter and long-drawn out divorce proceedings of Elisha and Viviane Amsalem. Viviane Amsalem, played brilliantly by the film’s director Ronit Elkabetz, is on trial, and forced to beg for a divorce from her controlling and unwilling husband. Designed to throw a light on the ancient religious legal system which controls divorce proceedings in Israel, this spellbinding drama highlights how women in 2014 are still at the mercy of both their husbands and the religious courts.

Monday 1er june at 7:00 pm | Cinéma du Parc | S.T. Français

Short Film
PASSENGER

By : Eliya Tauber
20 min
O.V. Hebrew, Eng. S.T.

Nitzan, a young girl who feels out of step with her life, wants nothing to do with anyone. After behaving badly during an event at high school, she boards a bus and wishes only to be left alone for the duration of her journey. But lives, and her fellow passengers, have other plans for her.

ARABANI
By : Adi Adawn (2013)
82 min
Drama
Country : Israël

Arabani is a slang word that combines Hebrew and Arabic. Yoseph is a Druze who returns to his native village a.er having been estranged from it for 17 years. He arrives with his son and daughter, whose Jewish mother he has just divorced. Yoseph plans to settle down in this small Druze village. That decision leads to friction within the closed, conservative Druze community and also with his mother Afifa, who accepts him and his children as part of her family. The friction stems from the fact that to be a real Druze, both parents must be Druze. Despite the problems and difficulties, Smadar, Yoseph’s daughter, unexpectedly finds love.

Monday 1st june at 9:00 pm | Cinéma du Parc | S.T. Français

THE KINDERGARDEN TEACHER (L’INSTITUTRICE)
By : Nadav Lapid (2014)
120 min
Drama
Country: Israël

A kindergarten teacher discovers in a five year-old child a prodigious gift for poetry. Amazed and inspired by this young boy, she decides to protect his talent in spite of everyone.

Tuesday 2 june at 7 :00 pm | Cinéma du Parc | S.T. Français

Short Film
TOUCHED

By : Itay Netzer
20 min
O.V. Hebrew, Eng. S.T.

In a foreboding city where no one knows and no one cares, there is a young man with a special gift: at a touch he can free others of their pain. He is a dishwasher in a restaurant, completely unnoticed. But when the young woman running the restaurant discovers his abilities, everything changes.

The Feature Film
UNDER THE SAME SUN (SOUS UN MÊME SOLEIL)

By : Sameh Zoabi (2013)
84 min
Drama
Country: Israël

The film is set in the near future, and it looks back at the story of two businessmen —one Palestinian and one Israeli — who struggle to set up a solar energy company. Both come from societies where there is strong opposition to cooperating with the other, and the film tells how they overcome hostility from within their own families and from the people around them. In the end, they mount a Facebook campaign that impacts both their joint venture and ultimately changes the political map.

Tuesday 2 june at 9:00 pm | Cinéma du Parc | S.T. Français

Short Film
REVIVAL

By : Nadav Lazare
25 min
O.V. Hebrew, Eng. S.T.

Hemi, a 60-year-old Bible teacher, discovers that the punk band his wife belonged to 30 years ago is getting back together. These echoes of the wild past, and the threat of its return, shake up the marriage and force the couple to reassess their commitment to one another.

The Feature Film
ATLIT (RENDEZ-VOUS À ATLIT)

By : Shirel Amitaï (2014)
91 min
Comedy, Drama, Fiction
Country : Israël, France

Israel 1995. With the peace process in full swing, Cali meets with her sisters, Darel and Asia, in order to sell the house they grew up in: a piece of paradise in Atlit. They quickly start quarrelling and old tensions resurface. Their parents, Zack and Mona, insist on having their say: four years after their deaths, they randomly appear to fix the electricity, o.er marriage counseling and generally weaken their daughters’ resolve regarding the house. To add to the confusion, a mysterious Palestinian boy appears on the property without explanation. On November 4th, Yitzhak Rabin’s sudden assassination causes the sisters to further question their motives.

Wednesday 3 june at 7:00 | Cinéma du Parc | S.T. Français

Short Film
I’LL SEE YOU AGAIN

By : Achva Hershtik
25 min
O.V. Hebrew, Eng. S.T.

Grandma Rebecca is forced to leave her home, her memories and move in with her children and grandchildren. The separation from her home and her life is unbearably hard. Her family guides her with love and sensitivity to a new future that also has room for her memories. A social documentary that takes an honest look at re-housing olds parents, and the freedoms and rights that they sacrifice as a result.

The Feature Film
EPILOGUE

By : Amir Manor (2012)
95 min
Documentary
Country: Israël

Hayuta and Berl, an elderly couple, find it hard to adjust to today’s Israel and to the social changes surrounding them. After years of struggle, the two refuse to let go of their communal dreams, and of their revolutionary plans to build a welfare state in Israel.

Wednesday 3 june at 9:00 | Cinéma du Parc | S.T. Français

Short Film
BRINGING THE WIND

By : Noam Keidar, 26 min
O.V. Hebrew, Eng. S.T.

Eyal returns home from a trip to India. While travelling he has made the decision to become religiously observant. Initially he delays revealing this to his family but soon he can no longer hide it from them. His secular parents are scared and shocked by the change in him. The transformation is hardest for Eyal’s father, who has long planned that his son will join him as a partner in his successful law firm. No longer able to bear conflict and pain at home Eyal leaves to take refuge in a Breslov Hassidic community. It is in this totally unfamiliar environment that he must somehow build the bridge that will lead him back to his family to him.

The Feature Film
CHELLI

By : Asaf Korman (2014)
90 min
Drama, Romance
Country : Israël

Rachel, 27, is raising her mentally challenged sister Gabby, 24, all by herself. When the social worker finds out she leaves her sister alone in the house while at work, she is forced to place her in a daycare center. For the first time in her life she shares the upbringing of her dear sister with someone else, her daily routine collapses and the huge void, left by her sister’s absence, makes room for a man in Rachel’s life. That man, Zohar, tears another crack in the symbiotic relationship of the two sisters. Rachel hangs on to his love as if it was a life belt. But her inability to lead a normal, intimate and emotional relationship with anyone but her sister, forces them into a twisted threesome, where boundaries between love, sacrifice, nurturing and torturing - are broken.

Thursday 4 june at 7 :00 | Cinéma du Parc | S.T. Français

Short Film
A WALLED GARDEN

By : Noam Keidar,
26 min
O.V. Hebrew, Eng. S.T.

Efrat, a religious woman who grew up in the secular world, is married to a young rabbi and raising three small daughters. Curiosity leads her to a Jerusalem monastery where she befriends several of the nuns to try and get a sense of the people they are, their faith and life’s mission. Then, a completely unforeseen and dramatic event in Efrat’s life irreversibly alters her reality. After a year of upheaval and chaos she returns to the monastery to look for the calm, quiet and courage she found there in the first place. A gentle story of women, reaching out, one to another across an almost unbridgeable gap of age, history, culture and religion.

The Feature Film
THAT LOVELY GIRL (LOIN DE MON PÈRE)

By : Keren Yedaya (2014)
95 min
Drama
Country : Israël

Moshe and Tami share a modest apartment. But this is no ordinary couple. Moshe is aged 60; Tami is 22, and she feels adrift restless and irritable. Their unconventional relationship is infested with a deep-seated malaise, and for good reason: Moshe and Tami are father and daughter. The storyline of That Lovely Girl is loosely inspired by the book Far from his Absence by Israeli author Shez, whose sensitive and jolting treatment of an incestuous relationship made such an impression on Keren Yedaya, the director that she sought to adapt it for the cinema at the earliest opportunity.

Closing Evening

Thursday 4 june at 9:00 | Cinéma du Parc | S.T. Français

THE DOVE FLYER
By : By Nissim Dayan (2014)
108 min
Drama
Country : Israël

Kabi and his family face an uncertain future as do all Jews living in Baghdad. It’s 1950 and each member of Kabi’s circle has a different dream: his mother wants to return to the Muslim quarter where she felt safer; his father wants to immigrate to Israel; Salim, his headmaster, wants Arabs and Jews to be equal, and Abu just wants to care for his adored doves. Nissim Dayan’s film – based on the blockbuster novel of the same name – recalls a lost and treasured time, when almost 130,000 Jews lived in Iraq, using the almost-extinct language of Jewish Iraqis – Judea/Arabic.

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