JCC Sonoma County Presents
The 2020 Virtual Israeli Film Festival
Concluded on May 31
FLAWLESS - Bay Area Premiere
(Presented at Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol)
Screened on Tuesday, March 3
Eden is seventeen and has a deeply held secret. An outcast at her new high school, Eden discovers that her only two friends have been lured into a dangerous plot to sell their organs to pay for cosmetic surgery and prom dresses. Believing she has found the answer to her prayers, she joins them on an international adventure. When their trip does not go as planned, the friends must come to terms with their prejudices and redefine their identities. The film’s star, Stav Strashko, was the first transgender woman nominated for the Best Actress Ophir Academy Award.
Winner of 3 Ophir Academy Awards. POST SHOW PANEL FOLLOWING THE 7 PM SCREENING.
LGBTQ/Coming of Age Drama, Israel, 97 minutes. Hebrew with English subtitles
THE OTHER STORY - MAY 4-5
Rebellious Anat flees the chaos of her secular upbringing for the discipline and comfort of Hassidic life. Engaged to marry her now-religious, formerly wild-and-crazy pop star boyfriend, her family is determined to stop the marriage and lure her away from orthodoxy. Sari wants to leave behind her oppressive religious upbringing for sexual and spiritual freedom. When Anat and Sari cross paths, it changes their lives in startling ways. This moving film artfully weaves captivating stories about the complex diversity of Israeli Jewish life.
Based on a true story.
Drama, 2018, Israel, 112 min, Hebrew with English Subtitles
LOVE IN SUSPENDERS - MAY 11-12
When feisty and absent-minded widow Tami hits gruff widower Beno with her car, the last thing on her mind is romance. Warned by her attorney son, Tami tries to ensure Beno will not sue her by inviting him to her luxury apartment in a retirement community. They discover their shared heartache over losing their spouses, (Tami still has very real conversations with her dead husband’s ghost), and though their offspring and nosy neighbors try to interfere, opposites attract in this heartwarming comedy that celebrates the right to love and be loved at any age.
Romantic Comedy, Israel, 2019, 102 min, Hebrew with English Subtitles
THE DOVE FLYER - MAY 18-19
REPLACEMENT FILM FOR TEL AVIV ON FIRE
How can one make any sense of the world when there’s nowhere to go and nowhere to be free? In the 1950's most of the Iraqi Jews in Baghdad, the most ancient Jewish community in the world, did not want to leave the land where they and their ancestors had lived for thousands of years. Against this background, studious 16 year-old Kabi transforms into one of the central activists in the Zionist underground, enabling the immigration of the Jews of Iraq to Israel.
Based on a novel by Eli Amir.
Drama, 2014, Israel, 108 Minutes, Arabic with English Subtitles
COMPLIMENTARY FILM FOR EXISTING TICKETHOLDERS
Coming of Age - A group of families emigrates from India to Israel in the late sixties, seeking a better life in what they believe to be the first outpost of the West in Asia. To their surprise, they are sent to a new settlement in the middle of the desert, populated mostly by Moroccan Jews. The two cultures clash as the group tries to integrate into the community, and are faced by harsh realities. But despite the conflicts and prejudices, young love develops between two girls from opposite sides of the struggle. The film finds a perfect combination between humor and sentiment in a very real and very difficult situation. A film by Avi Nesher.
Drama, 2004, Israel, 108 Minutes, Hebrew/French with English Subtitles