FILMS: Flood and Jellyfish with Q&A: Thurs., March 7 and April 23

Mabul (flood) will conclude the Sixth Annual Ring Family Wesleyan University Israeli Film festival, on Thursday, March 7 at 8 PM at the Goldsmith Family Cinema. The film is described as “one of the year’s most impressive-looking Israeli films” by Variety film reviewer Alissa Simon, and  is the winner of the best film and best cinematography categories at the Haifa International film festival (2010) as well as earning six nominations  for the Ophir (Israeli Academy Awards). Directed by Guy Nativ and co –written by Nativ and Noa Berman- Herzberg, the film  follows the complicated life of Yoni, a smart but underdeveloped boy, who is preparing for his Bar Mitzvah. Yoni has to deal with bullying in school, uncommunicative parents and an older autistic brother who comes home right before the ceremony. Yoni is left to deal on his own with a brother he has not seen in ten years and who has become obsessed with Yoni’s Torah excerpt about Noah and the flood.

The film is 100 minutes and has English subtitles. Film critic Laura Blum will comment upon the film as well as conduct a question-answer session after the screening.

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Although this is the last movie in our Israeli Film Festival is it not the end. This year the Jewish and Israel Studies with the co- sponsorship of the Film Department is introducing a new event, Back by Popular Demand. On Tuesday, April 23, at 8pm at the Goldsmith Family Cinema the internationally acclaimed writer and film maker, Etgar Keret , will introduce and comment upon his film Jellyfish, winner at the Cannes Film Festival. Please mark your calendar for this exciting event, and as always I would be delighted to welcome you and your students  to the movies, Dalit Katz