May 29, 1989 |
The sixth annual Israeli Film Festival, at the Cineplex Odeon Fairfax Theater, opens Saturday with a gem. "Summer of Aviya" (8:30 p.m.) is based on an autobiographical novel by one of Israel's leading actresses, Gila Almagor, who also produced the film and plays the spectacular leading role: a single mother deeply scarred by her Holocaust experiences, a complex character based on Almagor's own mother. "Aviya," Silver Bear winner at the 1989 Berlin Film Festival, is unflinchingly honest.
May 15, 1996 |
Gila Almagor, grande dame of the Israeli cinema, fashioned one of her finest roles in "The Summer of Aviya," a charming, funny and deeply poignant memoir of a bright 10-year-old girl whose warm, loving and fiercely independent mother (Almagor) is periodically wracked with mental breakdowns. It was directed tenderly by Eli Cohen.
July 20, 1995
The 15th anniversary Jewish Film Festival, boasting eight world or North American premieres and offering 42 films this year, opens today in San Francisco and continues there through July 27. The festival also runs in Berkeley from July 29-Aug. 3. While similar, smaller festivals are held in other cities around the country, this is the largest of its kind. The works come from 14 countries, and they are all by and about Jews.
March 5, 2007 |
The 22nd annual Israel Film Festival officially opens Wednesday at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood with Shemi Zarhin's "Aviva, My Love," a drama about a hard-working mother who has a secret writing talent. But on Tuesday, the organizers will kick things off with a gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel that honors "Borat" star Sacha Baron Cohen, Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair Amy Pascal and Israeli actress Gila Almagor.
March 11, 2011 |
Both geographically and dramatically, "The Human Resources Manager" covers a lot of territory. The latest work from director Israeli director Eran Riklis, it travels from Jerusalem to the capital of an unnamed Eastern Europe country (filming was done in Romania) and then to the far hinterlands of that beleaguered nation. In terms of narrative, "Human Resources Manager" adroitly mixes moving personal drama, absurdist comedy and site-specific cultural situations. More than anything, this is an intelligent audience picture, a solid and engrossing piece of old-school filmmaking, both humane and character driven, in which the various protagonists learn something ?
December 14, 2001 |
The Simon Wiesenthal Center's Moriah Films continues its distinguished series of documentaries with "In Search of Peace Part One: 1948-1967," which chronicles the first half of Israel's existence. Written by Sir Martin Gilbert and the center's Rabbi Marvin Hier, and adapted by its director, Richard Trank, "In Search of Peace" unfolds in straightforward fashion, bringing clarity and a personal touch to a complex and turbulent era of history.