“Working Woman” by Michal Aviad (2018)

International update (10/10)

Working WomanGood dialogues, humor (8)
Excellent direction (9)
Top score: gender (10)

Adding a facet to the story of women facing sexual abuse in Israel (see her previous movie Invisible), Working Woman is a powerful movie on the many challenges a young woman faces when she wants to combine family life and career.

Cast: Liron Ben-Shlush, Menashe Noy, Oshri Cohen
Director: Michal Aviad
Writer: Michal Aviad, Sharon Azulay Eyal, Michal Vinik
Cinematographer: Daniel Miller
Editor: Nili Feller

“Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem” by Ronit & Shlomi Elkabetz (2014)

International update (2/10)

Gett The Trial Of Viviane AmsalemGood humor, images, content (8)
Excellent direction (9)
Top script, personages, dialogues (10)

An extraordinary movie about a woman who wants to divotce her husband according to Jewish religious law

Cast: Ronit Elkabetz, Simon Abkarian, Menashe Noy, Gabi Amrani, Dalia Beger
Director: Ronit Elkabetz. Shlomi Elkabetz
Writer: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz
Director of Photography: Jeanne Lapoirie

“Invisible” by Michal Aviad (2011)

Week of first features

InvisibleTop score: gender, message (10)

Two women who have been raped by the same serial rapist meet years later and try to come to term with the past.
Invisible shows the lack of recognition victims of a traumatic events experience: all the attention – in the media, the justice system, etc. – goes to perpetrators, and none to the victims – a systematic attitude that New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has courageously confronted after the Christchurch attack…

Cast: Evgenia Dodina, Ronit Elkabetz, Sivan Levy
Director: Michal Aviad
Writers: Michal Aviad, Omer Tal
Cinematography by Guy Raz
Film Editing by Era Lapid

“Princess” by Tali Shalom-Ezer (2014)

Tali Shalom-Ezer (1/2)

First Feature

PrincessTop: gender (8)

Original look at a young girl who reaches puberty and discovers that sex is everywhere
A movie that shows a mother’s incapicity to communicate with her daughter and her boyfriend
Unclear frontier between gender and an animalistic approach to sex

A movie that very wrongly normalizes rape and child abuse!

Cast: Shira Haas, Keren Mor, Ori Pfeffer
Director: Tali Shalom-Ezer
Writer: Tali Shalom-Ezer
Music by Ishai Adar
Cinematography by Radek Ladczuk
Film Editing by Neta Dvorkis

“In Between” by Maysaloun Hamoud (2016)

A year’s favorites review

= First Feature =

in Between

The various facets of the patriarchal world experienced by three Israeli Palestinian women
“… an actual fatwa was issued against Hamoud—the first against a Palestinian in 70 years—for her depictions of homosexuality, intoxication and drug use. That—combined with no less than Isabelle Huppert declaring the women featured in “In Between” as “heroines of our time” while presenting an award at Cannes last year—is as good a recommendation you can get.” Susan Wloszczyna

Cast: Mouna Hawa, Shaden Kanboura, Sana Jammalieh, Mahmoud Shalaby
Director: Maysaloun Hamoud
Cinematographer: Itay Gross
Editor: Nili Feller, Lev Goltser
Composer: M.G. Saad

“Fill The Void” by Rama Burshtein (2012)

A year’s favorites

= First Feature =

Fill The Void

A very well-made movie with a strong script that brings you inside the mind of a young Jewish girl who finds it difficult to get married to the husband of her deceased sister, according to the Biblical tradition.
Though it might not be your gender roles idealization – a woman is nothing if she’s not married – you will surely gain an anthropological and intimate insight in the complex relationship between men and women in a Jewish ultra-orthodox community, which might counterbalance the absence of any critical statement.

Cast: Hadas Yaron, Renana Raz,  Yiftach Klein, Irit Sheleg
Director: Rama Burshtein
Screenplay: Rama Burshtein
Music by Yitzhak Azulay
Cinematography by Asaf Sudri
Film Editing by Sharon Elovic

“Atlit” by Shirel Amitay (2014)

– First Feature –

Atlit

Three sisters try to sell their parents’ house in Israel while the peace process collapses

Cast: Géraldine Nakache, Judith Chemla, Yaël Abecassis
Director: Shirel Amitay
Writer: Shirel Amitay
Music by Reno Isaac
Cinematography by Boaz Yehonatan Yaacov
Film Editing by Frédéric Baillehaiche