This November will see the biggest showcase of Israeli cinema ever in Ireland with the debut of Israeli Film Days in Filmbase (Temple Bar, Dublin 2) from November 24th – 27th. Admission is free to all events comprising Israeli Film Days. Over the four days, the public will be treated to a unique selection of interesting, exciting English subtitled, Israeli feature and documentary films, a performance of Israeli rock-music with an Irish twist, tastings of Israeli culinary delights, Irish dancing Israeli-style and elements of a photographic exhibition by the renowned Aerial photographers Albatross.
Ever wondered what air force pilots doing Riverdance, sumo wrestlers, immigration, teenage drug problems and matchmaking have in common? The answer is you can see films on all of these diverse themes, plus many more, during Israeli film Days. We are also delighted to welcome the renowned Israeli film critic, Danni Muggia, to Dublin to discuss the recent success of Israeli cinema, and rock musician extraordinaire, Izhar Ashdot and his band, who has recently returned to his first love – Irish music, and who will perform his unique blend of Israeli rock with an Irish twist.
Irish Premieres and International Prize Winners
Most of the films comprising the Israeli Film Days programme are international prize winners and will be having their Irish premier, including The Matchmaker, which will be presented on the Gala Evening on Thursday, November 24th. The Matchmaker explores the theme of matchmaking seen through the eyes of a teenage boy in Israel’s third biggest city Haifa. Other Irish premieres include Someone to Run With, based on the book by David Grossman, which was a prizewinner at the Miami International Film Festival and the Oscar nominated and Cannes award winner Beaufort, which explores Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000. The Holocaust is the focus of two documentary films – One Flight for Us, directed by Haim Hecht, reveals research and evidence that proves beyond doubt that the Allies, led by the US and Britain, knew of the extermination of European Jews and yet remained silent – and A Film Unfinished, directed by Yael Hersonski, which re-examines the making of an unfinished 1942 Nazi propaganda film about the Warsaw Ghetto, two months before it was liquidated and most of the participants in this forgotten film were murdered.
Films for all the family and Comedies
The programme for Israeli Film Days also includes films for all the family. Little Heroes is suitable for children aged 9 plus and focuses on the challenges facing a Russian girl with telepathic powers, her intellectually challenged brother, a misfit boy and a boy mourning the loss of his father who all embark on a mission in Israel’s southern desert. Someone to Run With will appeal to teenagers, with the tale of two Jerusalem teenagers, who are forced to grow over one summer, while realising what friendship really is. Fans of Comedy-Drama, are sure to enjoy A Matter of Size, four overweight friends decide to abandon their diet and embrace their weight while embarking on a career as Sumo Wrestlers, and Five Hours from Paris, which tells of the anxieties of a good-natured Tel Aviv taxi driver, who has to cope with immigration to Canada.
Popularity of Irish Culture in Israel
An episode from the popular Israeli TV series Naor’s Friends illustrates the popularity of Irish culture in Israel and how it is considered fashionable. This episode, which will be shown as part of Israeli Film Days, shows what happens when an Israeli airforce pilot encounters Riverdance! In addition performances by musician Izhar Ashdot and dancer Yair Vardiger, Israeli cast member of the international cast of Lord of the Dance, highlight how Irish culture has been embraced by established Israeli performers.
Unique phenomena of Web-Series
The unique phenomena of web-series’ enjoys huge popularity in Israel. During Israeli Film Days, we are proud to present the Israeli-Irish co-produced web-series Pini, which follows the comic travails of an Israeli chef who moves to London and has difficulty making himself understood.
Celebrating the success of Israeli cinema worldwide
Israeli Film Days is delighted to celebrate the worldwide success of the Israeli film industry, which produces films viewed by more than 2.5 million people each year and grosses more than $22 million dollars from worldwide commercial distribution. Israeli film continues to excite, move and draw the attention of audiences around the world.
As part of Israeli Film Days, we are delighted to welcome renowned musician, producer and song-writer Izhar Ashdot, film critic Danni Muggia, film-maker Ithamar Handelman Smith, Dancer Yair XXXX and Israeli chef Adam Hartman as our very special guests. All guests are available for media interviews.
Challenge your perceptions!
If you think you know Israel, think again! Come along to Israeli Film Days and prepare for your perceptions to be challenged. Be prepared to see a side of Israel, rarely presented to the Irish public. Films that will make you laugh, cry, inspire, sadden…but most of all make you think about what you really know about Israel.