Israeli Films – Post for Yom Ha’atzmaut


French people like films and it might come as a surprise to some of you to learn that a lot of French movie-buffs enjoy Israeli films. Thus the Cannes festival always features a minimum of one Israeli movie and this year Waltz with Bashir was part of a three-film high school program whose aim is to encourage students to see films they wouldn’t otherwise see and help them understand movie making techniques and film analysis. At present Ajami is on in quite a number of French movie theaters.

My favorite Israeli movie is Broken Wings (Knafayim Shvurot) while I also enjoyed Walk on Water (Lalekhet Al HaMayim), Live and Become and a number of others. I have just ordered Shiva and hope to watch it some time this week.

The Israeli films I have reviewed:
Lemon Tree
The Band’s Visit
Waltz with Bashir

Much of this post is indebted to Amy Kronish’s blog: Israelfilm

6 thoughts on “Israeli Films – Post for Yom Ha’atzmaut

  1. Arthouse and foreign films are a favorite of mine.

    Ajami and Waltz with Bashir are two excellent films with strong messages.

    I will check out Shiva and Walk on Water.

    Thanks for this wonderful post.

  2. Thanks for this recommendation. We also enjoyed “Ushpizim” and “Arranged” (the latter I don’t think is Israeli, but it deals with a very interesting subject, based on a true story).

    I bought a copy of Live and Become after seeing it at a local cinema. I must have watched it at least a dozen times since, as I insist on friends seeing it. There is never a dry eye in the house after it finishes. The Band’s Visit is gorgeous.

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