The AICE Israeli Film Festival returns to Palace Cinemas in August, 2015, this year pulling no punches in showcasing all aspects of Israeli culture – the good, the bad and the ugly.
Respected film industry stalwart Richard Moore joins the Festival as Artistic Director and has curated a bold programme that is at once tough, tender, critical, political and funny, offering an assortment of contemporary and historic Israeli cinema, with a total of 35 titles.
From the confronting and controversial, to the celebratory and feel-good, highlights include PRINCESS – directed by Tali Shalom Ezer and multi-award winner at the Jerusalem International Film Festival 2014 (including Best Feature Film and Best Actor); YONA – based on the novel “Yona Wallach”, this film is a no holds barred depiction of the turbulent life of one of Israel’s greatest poets and is not for the faint hearted.
Opening night this year is the Australian premiere of MATTI CASPI – CONFESSION, direct from Doc Aviv, Israel’s documentary festival, where Moore found a numbers of titles for this year’s program. “I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the festival – it’s full of songs, intimate moments and Caspi’s deadpan humour; it’s as much a film about an Israel of the past as it is a searing personal biography of a living legend”.
With the Festival now in its 12th year, festival goers will be introduced to a new thematic approach to the festival: The full programme which will be announced in one week, will include – Blast From The Past, a selection of titles from Israel’s cinematic history, Queer Spot, a reflection on the vibrant queer culture in Israel and Questions of Faith – films that probe contemporary issues of faith and interfaith.
The IACE Israeli Film Festival 2015 will screen as follows:
SYDNEY: Palace Verona– August 17 to 30
MELBOURNE: Palace Como & Palace Brighton Bay – August 18 to 30
CANBERRA: Palace Electric City – August 18 to 30
PERTH: Cinema Paradiso – August 20 to 26