Israeli Selection for Best Foreign Film, 2005 Academy
Israeli Film Festival Takes on Issues of War, Romance and Religion
The 10th annual Israeli Film Festival of Greater Philadelphia offers a variety of issues to explore, including terrorism, love, the Holocaust, a religious struggle and a health crisis.
Opening night for the festival was Feb.25 with "Camp Fire," prior to publication of this month's Philadelphia Jewish Voice. However, there are still plenty of award-winning Israeli films left to watch, as follows:
Saturday, March 4 - In "No. 17," director David Ofek sets out to unravel the mystery of an unidentified 17th victim of a bus bombing. Screening will be at 7:30 p.m. at Gratz College Auditorium, 7605 Old York Road, Melrose Park.
Sunday, March 5 - In the religious, male-dominated Druze community, if Mona crosses the border to marry her fiance, a Syrian television star, she may never be able to return to Israel. The movie will be presented at 7 p.m. at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr.
Sunday, March 12 - In "39 Pounds of Love," Ami was diagnosed as a child with being terminally ill with Muscular Dystrophy, but now at 34 he decides to travel to the United States to meet his doctor. The movie will be screened at 2 p.m. at the National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St., Philadelphia.
Thursday, March 16 - "OR (Mon Tresor)" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. at Temple University, Annenberg, Hall #3, 2020 13th St., Philadelphia. Or, the daughter of a prostitute, decides to change their lives. Dana Ivgi, who portrays OR, won for Best Actress at the Israeli Academy Awards, 2004.
Saturday, March 18 - "Green Chariot" and "Eicha" will be screened at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Or Shalom, 835 Darby Paoli Road, Berwyn. In "Green Chariot," Torah student Yair finds a necklace with a cross among his dead mother's possessions and struggles with his new religious identity. "Eicha" is a short comedy-drama. "Green Chariot" director Gilad Goldschmidt will be guest speaker.
Saturday, March 25 - "Metallic Blues" will be presented as the closing program at 8 p.m. at the Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. The film involves ghosts of the Holocaust as two Israeli car dealers head to Germany of turning a quick buck on a ?78 Lincoln stretch limo. It took two awards at the Jerusalem Film Festival of 2004.
The festival is supported by the Center for Israel and Overseas; Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia; the Consulate General of Israel; Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia; and the Collaborative.
For more information, call 215 834-8493 or access www.iffphila.com