Jewish Film

Remembering Ronit Elkabetz

The great Israeli actress-director could be a charismatic earth mother and a wry humorist; Viviane Amsalem trilogy spoke to ‘situation of women’ in Israel.

04/20/2016 - 10:15
Special To The Jewish Week

Back in the winter of 2015, I closed an interview with Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz by asking them if their film, “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” represented a farewell to the eponymous central character whose familial troubles had carried through a trilogy of singular intensity and nuance.

Ronit Elkabetz died this week at 51 after a long battle with cancer. Wikimedia Commons

A ‘Passion’ To Tell Entebbe Hero’s Tale

‘Follow Me’ recounts the life of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s brother.
01/09/2012 - 19:00
Editor And Publisher

Yonatan Pinchot, 14, of Silver Spring, Md., has a special connection to new documentary film called “Follow Me,” telling the personal story of an authentic, modern-day Israeli hero.

Ari Pinchot, above, was moved by the story of Yonatan Netanyahu, in the circle.

‘Confidence’ Man

Hungarian filmmaker Istvan Szabo and the nature of trust.
01/24/2011 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

More than many filmmakers, Istvan Szabo understands issues of fear and trust viscerally. He and his parents, both of them Jewish doctors, survived the Holocaust in Hungary because friends hid them.

Scene from Istvan Szabo’s “Mephisto.”

The Year Of Myth-Busting

The best films of 2010 were assaults on conventional genres and archetypal characters.
12/27/2010 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The schlemiel is dead. A beloved figure in post-World War II Jewish-American fiction, drama and film, he suffered a spectacular death by vivisection over the course of a couple of fascinating years of films that re-imagined him in a rather less affectionate light.

Fernando Lujan looks for a suitable place to bury his dead ex-wife in “Nora's Will.”
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