Israeli Film Festival 2018

Spring 2018 brings 4 great films from Israeli

Welcome to the 3rd JCC Sonoma County
Israeli Film Festival

Foreign language films seldom make it to theaters in our area, so film festivals are your best chance to catch the really good ones.

Every year the Jewish Film Festival reviews a large number of great Israeli films, but cannot show all of them for programming reasons.

That’s why we established The Israeli Film Festival, to allow us to bring the best of Israel’s robust and prolific film industry to you.


Season Passes and individual ticket on sale NOW!

A limited number of tickets will be available at the Rialto Cinemas box office on the day of the show.
Prices at the door - Matinee $11, Evening show $14.

Tickets & additional information (707) 528-4222


In Between
Tues. March 6, 1:00 and 7:30 pm

How do you imagine the lives of Arab-Israeli women? In this taboo-breaking film three Palestinian women share an apartment in Tel Aviv, finding themselves doing a balancing act between tradition and modernity, citizenship and culture, fealty and freedom; A criminal lawyer, who burns off her workday stress in the underground club scene, a DJ, who starts a budding relationship with another woman, and their new roommate, the religious Muslim student, whose conservative fiancé is horrified by her new friends.

Drama, Israel, 2016 103 min.
Arabic/Hebrew w/ English Subtitles



Q& A with the Director of "In Between"

The opening film at the Israeli Film Festival "In Between" left a very strong impression on many of our audience members. It was a challenging piece of art. Everyone had an opinion. Some were expecting a more Jewish theme, but 1 in every 5 citizens of Israel is Arab, and the Israeli Film Festival is an opportunity to learn more about the lives of a small segment of the largest minority group in Israel.

Here is a Q&A with director Maysalun Hammud, that may answer many of the questions you might have after watching the film.



Hill Start
Tues. March 13, 1:00 and 7:30 pm

A car accident on her son’s wedding day puts mom in a coma. Left to cope are a difficult father and his softhearted son - both plastic surgeons, locked in a professional and intergenerational battle; a bride to be with a big mouth and a short fuse, who tries to assert herself in this family; an unmarried daughter still living at home, pining for a big star in Arab cinema. Will an almost love, an almost wedding, a maybe acceptance, a driving test, and a car that won’t start lead to a happily ever after?

Romantic Comedy, Israel, 2014 92 min.
Hebrew/Arabic w/ English Subtitles



Past Life
Tues. March 20, 1:00 and 7:30 pm

Inspired by true events. A Christian woman approaches an Israeli classical singer in Berlin and calls her father a murderer. This thriller tracks the 1977 trans-European odyssey of two sisters – one an introverted ambitious classical musician, and the other a combative liberal magazine editor. As they try to unravel a disturbing wartime mystery that has cast a foreboding shadow on their lives, they realize that freedom from the shackles of the past requires painful sacrifices, as does the struggle to discover one’s unique voice. 

Drama, Israel, 2016 109 min.
Hebrew/German/Polish/English w/ English Subtitles

  A 1 minute peek behind the scenes of Past Life



Tues. March 27, 1:00 and 7:30 pm

Maktub (Pronounced macTUBE) means "written" in Arabic, and is used figuratively throughout the Middle East to mean "it is fate".

Steve and Chuma are a duo of rough and tough thugs who collect protection money for a Jerusalem-based crime organization. Being the only survivors of a terrorist attack at a local restaurant, they decide to change their ways and become flesh and blood angels. They lurk at the Wailing Wall’s square to pick and choose the lucky people whose wishes they will help grant from the notes deposited in the holy stones. While fulfilling other people’s wishes they find themselves discovering their own secret wishes. 

Crime Comedy, Israel, 2017 100 min.
Hebrew w/ English Subtitles





Screenings will take place Tuesdays, 1:00 pm and 7:30 pm, March 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2018 

Season Passes on sale February 9
Individual ticket sales begin February 16

All screenings will be held at Rialto Cinemas:
6868 McKinley Street, Sebastopol
A limited number of tickets will be available on the day of the show at Rialto Cinemas box office.
Prices at the door - Matinee $11, Evening show $14.
Shows do sell out. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Make it easy - buy online

The theater is wheelchair accessible. 
Call Doron Hovav at (707) 526-5538 to reserve a wheelchair spot.

Online Ticket Sales begin 02/09/2018

Tickets & additional information (707) 528-4222


We would like to thank the Israeli Film Festival Founding Sponsors, who made bringing these films to Sonoma County Possible: