REEL ISRAEL Summer 2012 Film Series
Wednesdays at 6:45 pm
July 11: Azulay the Policeman
A 1971 film
directed by Ephraim Kishon, Azulay the
Policeman was the first Israeli movie to be nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar. Shaike Ophir stars as Azulay, a soft-hearted and incompetent policeman
in Jaffa. His superiors want to send him to early retirement,
but he would like to stay on the force, and the criminals of Jaffa don't want to see him leave either... (87 minutes)
||July 25: Noodle
melancholy Israeli flight attendant finds new meaning in life on her quest to
reunite a six year-old Chinese boy nicknamed Noodle with his missing mother. Written and directed by Ayelet Menahemi, this
2007 film is a touching comic-drama in which two human beings -- as different
from each other as Tel Aviv is from Beijing
-- accompany one another on a remarkable journey, one that takes them both back
to a meaningful life. (90 minutes)
||August 8: Brothers
Brothers, a 2008 film directed by Igaal Niddam, depicts two Jewish brothers
whose choices and values have driven them apart, who meet again in Israel
after many years of silence. The conflict between the brothers is echoed in a legal
battle which highlights the issue of separation of state and religion in modern
Israel. (116 minutes)
August 22: The Matchmaker or Once I Was
In 1968 Haifa,
a teenage boy gets a summer job with a Holocaust survivor who makes ends meet
by brokering marriages and smuggling goods. The
or Once I Was, a 2010 film directed by
Avi Nesher, mixes comedy with drama as it tells a coming-of-age story unlike
any you've ever seen before. (118 minutes)
Reel Israel is sponsored by the Adult Education Committee.
A committee member will lead discussion after each film.
All are welcome.
We provide air conditioning, soft drinks, and snacks! Join us!