Israeli Film Festival opens at Wesleyan

If you missed “The Dolphin Boy,” the first film screened in The Ring Family Wesleyan University Israeli Film Festival, not to worry:  There are still five films left to see at the Festival, which runs through March 29.  All films are screened at 8 p.m. on Thursdays at Wesleyan University Center for Film Studies, at the Goldsmith Family Cinema, 301 Washington Terrace in Middletown. Admission is FREE and open to the public. On site parking is available.

The Festival is organized by Dalit Katz, adjunct assistant professor of religion and Israel studies and cultural coordinator of Israeli events at Wesleyan University. It is sponsored by the Ring family and Wesleyan’s Jewish and Israel studies program, and co-sponsored by the Film Studies Department.

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The Matchmaker

FEBRUARY 9

The Matchmaker

2010, English subtitles

Director:  Avi Nesher

The Match Maker, set in Haifa during the Six Day War, follows a teenage boy who gets a summer job with a mysterious matchmaker.

Speaker: Professor Owen Shapiro, director of the film program at Syracuse University and a filmmaker, will discuss “An American Film Maker Looks at Israeli Cinema.”

The Human Resources Manager

FEBRUARY 16

The Human Resources Manager

2010, English subtitles (Feature)

Director: Eran Riklis

The Human Resources Manager, based on A. B.Yehoshua’s acclaimed novel, starts off with the death of a Romanian immigrant in Israel. Although her death was not work related, an investigative reporter decides to publicize the case as an example of the cold–hearted approach of the company to its employees. The company’s human resources manager is sent to Romania to counter those accusations.

Speaker: Rabbi  Seth Haaz of Congregation  Adath Israel in Middletown will discuss ethical issues arising from this film from a Judaic perspective.

Restoration

FEBRUARY 23

Restoration

2010, English subtitles (Feature)

Director: Yossi Madmony

Nominated for 11 Israeli Academy Awards, Restoration centers on Mr. Fidelman’s attach-ment to his antique restoration workshop. After his long–time business partner passes away, Fidelman rejects his son’s idea to sell his business in order to build an apartment complex on the site. He believes that with the help of his new apprentice, Anton, he will find a way to save his workshop and his solitary world.

Speaker: Peter Gedrys, a professional restorer, will discuss “Restoration: Embracing the Past While Creating the Future.”

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