The fifth film in the Ring family Wesleyan University Israeli Film Festival, Eli & Ben, will be screened on February 25 at 8 p.m. at the Goldsmith Family Cinema. The film which is a Connecticut premiere is directed by Ori Ravid and has been described as a “coming of age drama with a social message” and, “brilliantly made” by Mathan Shiram at the Globes Israeli daily newspaper. Eli & Ben follows the life of the Yassif family and how it turns upside down when the father, Ben, who is the city architect of Herzelya, is charged with taking bribes. At stake is also the relationship between the father and his son, Eli, who adores his father. The film examines their chaotic relations in light of those stormy days. After the screening, film critic Laura Blum will talk about “The End of Innocence: Unmasking Identities in Eli & Ben.”
Next Thursday, March 4, at 8 p.m. at the Goldsmith Family Cinema the movie Noodle will be screened. This movie, made by a woman director, Ayelet Menahemi, will be commented upon by Isaac Zablocki who will talk about “Fantastic Realities in New Israeli Cinema”.