11th Annual Israeli Film Festival
Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Temple Israel
#1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Dr., St. Louis, MO 63141
ENJOY TWO ISRAELI FILMS AND ISRAELI-STYLE FARE & REfreshments DURING INTERMISSION!
3:30 pm: The Women's Balcony
Nominated for five Israeli Academy Awards, this film is a feel-good, crowd-pleasing comedy that depicts what happens when extremism and traditional values collide. When, during a Bar Mitzvah celebration, the women's balcony in an orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi's wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis. Charismatic young Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but he slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways and attempts to take total control. This tests the women's friendships and creates a rift between the community's women and men. This rousing, good-hearted tale speaks much truth to women's reactions to patriarchal power. The superb ensemble of veteran Israeli actors, singers, and comedians gives a bravura performance.
96 minutes - Hebrew with English subtitles
6:15 PM: Past Life
This award-winning 2016 film tracks the daring late 1970's odyssey of two sisters as they try to unravel a shocking wartime mystery that has cast a dark shadow on their entire lives. Sephi aspires to a career as a classical composer in the male-dominated world of classical music. Nana is an aspiring playwright. These daughters of troubled Holocaust survivors have to deal with a sudden shocking revelation that threatens to tear the family apart. As they travel through Europe in the 1970's, they are bent on uncovering the past and getting to the truth about their parents' darkest secret. As they ride this emotional roller coaster, they discover that freedom bears an exacting price.
108 minutes - Hebrew with English subtitles
Attend one or both. This program is co-sponsored by Temple Israel's Israel Engagement Committee and the St. Louis Israeli community.
$5 suggested donation to cover refreshments.