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Films have a special way of bringing us to places we never thought we’d go. This year will be no different for the 26th Israel Film Festival in Singapore. Back again from 29 August to 2 September 2018, it will feature five films spanning various genres. This year’s selection will remind us of how new discoveries lead to new beginnings.

 

LONGING
29 Aug, Wed 8pm / 2 Sept, Sun 7.30pm
dir. Savi Gabizon
2017 | Israel | Comedy, Drama | In Hebrew with English subtitles |
M18 – Sexual Scenes | 103 mins

Director Savi Gabizon returns after a 14-year hiatus with this black comedy about parenthood and death. Shai Avivi plays Ariel, a bachelor whose life gets turned into disarray when an old flame comes back with life-changing news. Join Ariel as he makes his way through this journey of parenthood and battles with his own troubled childhood.
Nominated for 13 Israeli Academy Awards including Best Film.

TESTAMENT
31 Aug, Fri 7.30pm
dir. Amichai Greenberg
2017 | Israel, Austria | Drama | In Hebrew, German, English, Yiddish with English subtitles |
PG | 94 mins

Dr. Yoel Halberstam is an Israeli historian leading a court battle to preserve a site in Austria where the Jewish forced labourers were buried in March 1945. But the team preserving the site are racing against time as the Austrian town of Lendsdorf has plans to build on the site and needs proof of the mass grave before halting the plans. However, no one knows the exact location of the mass grave. Halberstam must find it before the court deadline runs out.

WALTZ WITH BASHIR
1 Sept, Sat 5pm
dir. Ari Folman
2008 | Israel| Animation, War, Documentary |
In German, Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles  | R21 – War Violence & Nudity | 90 mins

The film begins with Ari’s friend telling him about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. The men conclude that there’s a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties, which Ari has no memory of. He decides to meet old comrades and as he delves deep, his memory begins to creep up in enigmatic images.

SHELTER
1 Sept, Sat 8pm
dir. Eran Riklis
2017 | Israel | Drama, Thriller |
In English, Arabic, Hebrew with English subtitles  | NC16 | 93 mins

After a mission, Lebanese informant Mona is taken away to a safe house in Hamburg, Germany, where she awaits further instructions. She meets Naomi, a Mossad agent assigned to protect her. In a quiet apartment in Hamburg, they are together for two weeks, isolated from the outside world. As they find out more about each other, Naomi realises her mission isn’t as simple as it seems.

THE CAKEMAKER
2 Sept, Sun 4.30pm
dir. Ofir Raul Grazier
2017 | Israel, Germany | Drama | In Hebrew and German with English subtitles  | R21 – Some Homosexual Content | 104 mins

Thomas, a young German baker who is having an affair with a married Oren, learns the hard way that his lover passed away in an accident. Left alone with this huge void, Thomas packs his bags and leaves for Israel – without any idea on what to do. He finds himself working in Oren’s widow’s café in Jerusalem in an attempt to seek answers and to find out more about the man he loved but knew nothing about. He forges relationships with his lover’s family without them realising anything about his past.

Tickets are $13.50 and can be purchased via The Projector.

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