Israel Film Festival

Films & Tickets

Closing Night Festivities ()
Directed By: Assi Dayan

Join us this evening for another star studded event! This evening we will begin with a VIP reception ($50 VIP Ticket Required) complete with a meet & greet with Shaike Levy & Gavri Banai of Ha'Gashash Ha'Hiver. We will then move to the theater where we are honored to present the legendary Israeli comedians with a 2013 IFF Lifetime Achievement Award. We will conclude the evening with a screening of Halfone Hill Dosn't Answer followed by a reception. Please note General Admission tickets are available for $25 and include awards presentation, screening and after party.

Screenings

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5.27:30pmSaban TheaterGET TICKETS
Ameer got His Gun (2011) 58 min
Directed By: Naomi Levari

Unlike most young men in Israel who are required to serve in the army, Ameer Abu Ria is exempt from military service for fear he may endanger Israel’s national security. That is because Ameer is a Muslim Arab. Despite this, Ameer has decided to volunteer. He believes that his service will prove his love for Israel, the state he lives in, the state he wants to love.

Screenings

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5.15:00pmLaemmle Music HallGET TICKETS
By Summer’s End (2011) 95 min.
Directed By: Noa Aharoni

It is the summer of 1978, a month before the Camp David peace accords, but Michal cannot be distracted by world affairs. Her seven-year-old daughter has yet to learn how to read and write, and her father, who has been missing for 20 years, suddenly returns, bringing with him the family’s dark past and hidden secrets. A painful, yet liberating film about the process of discovery and forgiveness.

Screenings

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4.297:14pmLaemmle Music HallGET TICKETS
DABA:  The Story of an Israeli Icon (2012) 75 min
Directed By: Levi Zini

Ben-Amotz was the essence of “Israeliness.” He was a prolific and accomplished creator who insisted on constantly reinventing himself, while carrying along an entire society, a language and culture that were not yet fully formed. In April 1989, just before undergoing an experimental treatment for cancer, Ben-Amotz held a “farewell party,” a brilliant prank in which the dying man invited 300 of his closest friends to take part in a moving group dynamic.

Screenings

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4.281:00pmLaemmle Town Center 5GET TICKETS
Dr. Pomerantz (Israel 2011) 88 min
Directed By: Assi Dayan

Dr. Yoel Pomerantz, an unemployed 64 year old clinical psychologist, lives in poverty in his 12th floor apartment who comes up with a life changing idea - to rent his apartment to potentially suicidal tenants for enormous sums of money. Funny, sad and philosophical, this black comedy raises the important question of why we live or, more accurately, why we don't just give up on living.

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Fill the Void (2012) 90 min
Directed By: Rama Burshtein

About a young women struggle to choose between her wish for a happy marriage and her family's desire to keep an orphaned child near them. This is a PRIVATE SCREENING sponsored by WILSHIRE BOULEVARD TEMPLE. Tickets for this screening can not be purchased.

Screenings

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God’s Neighbors (2012) 70 min.
Directed By: Meny Yaesh

A young religious hot-head experiences a falling out with a gang of violent extremists who terrorize a suburban Israeli neighborhood in GOD’S NEIGHBORS, a raw and provocative drama-cum-thriller from first-time writer-director Meni Yaesh.

Screenings

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4.285:00pmLaemmle Music HallGET TICKETS
Halfon Hill Doesn’t Answer (1976) 92 min
Directed By: Assi Dayan

Closing Night Festivities include a screening of Halfone Hill Dosn't Answer and a Q & A with Shaike Levy and Gavri Banai. The popular comedy trio HaGashash HaHiver (Yeshayahu "Shakie" Levi, Yisrael "Poli" Poliakov and Gavriel "Gavri" Banai) in an Israeli military comedy.

Screenings

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Igor and the Crane’s Journey (9-2012) 90 min.
Directed By: Evgeny Ruman

Like the cranes on their long and perilous journey, Igor too must overcome the hardships and tribulations of migration and reassess his relationship with his father.

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Let’s Dance (2012) 103 min
Directed By: Gabriel Bibliowicz

Let's Dance is a film about the soul of Israeli dancing, and that need to be in motion has raised generations of dancers and choreographers who have turned local modern dance into a national and international success story. Through the works of leading choreographers Ohad Naharin, Rami Be'er, and Yasmeen Godder, Let's Dance! opens a window to their sources of inspiration–to the vibrant and exotic world of the pioneer choreographers and to the story of the development of the local dance scene. The film offers a unique and surprising view on Israeli society, as well as on dance.

Screenings

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4.213:00pmLaemmle Town Center 5GET TICKETS
Life in Stills (2012) 58 min
Directed By: Tamar Tal

Tamar Tal’s poignant, prize-winning documentary tells the story of Miriam Weissenstein and her grandson defend their family’s iconic Tel Aviv photo studio from demolition. Miriam’s late husband, Rudi was the unofficial photographer of the State of Israel, and documented the country’s political and daily life from the 1930s until his passing in 1992. Grandmother and grandson cope not only with the impending shop relocation, but also acutely painful family circumstances.

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Lola (2012) 57 min
Directed By: Eytan Harris

Galia Pardo lives happily and quietly with her husband and four children in the tiny provincial town of Zichron Yaakov, where she is well-liked and well-known as the local florist and a singer in the town choir. One day Galia makes a shocking decision: she closes the flower shop and opens a sex shop! Lola is humoristic documentary that might give you a new perspective on sex shops and the people who own them

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Not in Tel Aviv (2012) 82 min.
Directed By: Nony Geffen

When a repressed high-school teacher loses his job, he decides to uproot his entire life. A drama, a dark comedy, a love triangle, a crime story and much, much more. An adventure like this could only happen to people who are not in Tel Aviv.

Screenings

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4.289:30pmLaemmle Music HallGET TICKETS
Numbered (2012) 55 min
Directed By: Uriel Sinai, Dana Doron

Auschwitz prisoners, both Jewish and non-Jewish, were tattooed with serial numbers, first on their chests and then their left arms. An estimated 400,000 numbers were tattooed in Auschwitz and its sub-camps; only some several thousand survivors are still alive today. NUMBERED is an explosive, highly visual, and emotionally cinematic journey, guided by testimonies and portraits of these survivors.

Screenings

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4.275:00pmLaemmle Town Center 5GET TICKETS
Off White Lies (13 July 2011) 86 min.
Directed By: Maya Kenig

After years of living apart from her dad, Libby, an introverted yet sharp-witted teenager is sent to live with him in Israel. This is a story about a father-daughter bond forged by a shared talent for telling “off white lies.

Screenings

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4.217:15pmLaemmle Town Center 5GET TICKETS
Poli’s Final Sketch (2012) 55 min
Directed By: Ofer Naim

Israel "Poli" Poliakov of the legendary Israeli comedy trio "Ha'Gashash Ha'Hiver" was one of Israel's greatest actors and comedians. Five years after his passing his family, friends and colleagues have gathered to share the story of his career as an actor, comedian and family man. The movie reveals the relationships he had with his wives and children, his friends from "Ha'Gashash Ha'Hiver" and from showbiz

Screenings

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Rock the Casbah (7 July 2012) 93 min
Directed By: Yariv Horowitz

The Gaza Strip in the early summer of 1989. A company of young Israeli soldiers reports for duty in the occupied area. Continuous clashes with the Palestinian population soon claim their first fatality: one of the soldiers. The film deals with the charged interactions among the soldiers, between the soldiers and the family, with their commanding officers and the surrounding chaos.

Screenings

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4.215:00pmLaemmle Town Center 5GET TICKETS
Room 514 (January 2012) 90 min.
Directed By: Sharon Bar Ziv

Room 514 depicts the confrontation between a beautiful, young and determined female military investigator and an exceptional officer accused of overstepping his authority.

Screenings

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4.219:30pmLaemmle Town Center 5GET TICKETS
Sharqiya (11 February 2012) 82 min.
Directed By: Ami Livne

No one really appreciates Kamel Nadjer, the young Bedouin security guard at the Be’er Sheba central bus station, neither his family, nor his Israeli colleagues. When the poor tin shacks he shares with his family in the desert is served with demolition orders, Kamel decides to take action.

Screenings

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5.19:30pmLaemmle Music HallGET TICKETS
The Ballad of the Weeping Spring (2012) 105 min.
Directed By: Benny Toraty

Torn apart by tragedy, a legendary band reunites to play an emotional final concert in THE BALLAD OF THE WEEPING SPRING, a stylized homage to Spaghetti Westerns and samurai epics, shot entirely in Israel but set in a mythical time and place.

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Zaytoun (2012) 107 min
Directed By: Eran Riklis

In Lebanon, 1982, an Israeli fighter pilot is shot down over Beirut. When one of his captors, an angry and disillusioned young Palestinian refugee, decides he has had enough of the meaningless fighting, the pair make a pact to escape. So begins a perilous journey across a war-torn country to a far-off place they can both call home. With a cast led by Stephen Dorff (Somewhere), Zaytoun is a superb road movie that, with humor and pathos, explores the growing friendship of two enemies born out of mutual dependency.

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