a special milestone for Metro Chicago’s Jewish community: The 10th
annual Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema opens October 28 at AMC Northbrook
As in all
prior years, CFIC ‘15 offers an excellent mix of full length feature films, documentaries,
and shorts. And this year the schedule also includes six episodes of Fauda (one of Israel’s most popular
documentaries include East Jerusalem,
West Jerusalem; Farewell Herr Schwartz, Guardians of Remembrance, Lia, The
Polgar Variant, and Silicon Wadi.
eight full length features are Afterthought,
Apples from the Dessert, Encirclements, The Farewell Party, Is That You?, Sweets,
Tuviansky, and Yona.
narrative shorts are Aya, Dear God, and Welcome and Our Condolences (which will
all be shown together as one single program).
but not least, the CFIC ’15 schedule also includes all three parts of “The
Amsalem Trilogy” including Gett: The
Trial of Viviane Amsalem (which was named Best Feature of 2014 by the
Israel Film Academy last September and went on to receive a Golden Globe
nominated in the Best Foreign Film category in December). Gett had its Chicago Premiere at the 2014 Chicago International
Film Festival back in October, but this will be your first chance—and probably
your only chance—to see all three parts of the trilogy in sequence on a big
screen. Believe me: If you have already seen Gett and you found it a powerful experience, well, you ain’t seen
prove the point, I am proud to report that the CFIC Committee had asked me to
guide you through it. I will be in Northbrook on Nov. 3 to
answer any questions about “The Amsalem Trilogy,” and discuss how the three pieces--To Take a Wife, Shiva, and Gett--combine to make one of the most
powerful statements in the history of Israeli cinema and one of the most
powerful feminist statements in the history of world cinema as well.
for the teaser: This year’s CFIC Sneak Peek is Silicon Wadi, a superlative documentary about four Israeli Start-Ups.
Two teams will succeed and two teams will fail, but as the film moves into its
third act, I challenge you to guess the winners. This is one of the most
riveting 82 minutes ever captured on film, and I was frankly stunned by the
outcome. I commend all four teams for their courage in allowing filmmakers Daniel Sivan and Yossi Bloch to
keep their cameras rolling through all the ups and downs. And I compliment the
filmmakers on their inventive camera moves and musical choices. At one point,
contracts fly around a conference room table while Edvard Grieg’s “In the Hall
of the Mountain King” (the music associated with the English words “On Oct. 31 when the sun goes to rest…”) goes from a whisper to a roar on the soundtrack.
Everyone in the room is too busy signing to speak, so it is the music that
carries the message. Bravo!
My full list of Top Picks and rankings-by-category will be in the October issue of the JUF News. Meanwhile start penciling in dates on your personal calendar today. The full schedule is already posted on the CFIC ’15 website: http://israelifilmchi.org/
The ShopRooster team makes a YouTube video that goes viral. (Photo by Daniel Sivan)