THE WOMEN’S BALCONY — Review by Marilyn Ferdinand

the women's balconyIt is with a light and generous heart that I suggest anyone within reach of a movie theater showing The Women’s Balcony pack up your necessities and head there at your earliest convenience. What will unfold over your 96 minutes in the dark is a comedy so droll, so full of love and celebration, and so wise in its mild cautions that you may see the world much differently when you emerge into the light. The Women’s Balcony, a major hit in Israel, offers a look at an orthodox Jewish community—and community is what makes this film so endearing and healing. Continue reading…

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THE WEDDING PLAN — Review by Martha K Baker

weddibg plan poster‘The Wedding Plan’ toasts the bride-to-be. Watch Noa Koler. She plays the bride-to-be in Rama Burshtein’s “The Wedding Plan.” You’ll see why she won Israel’s Ophir Award for Best Actress. She has comic chords within her, but she plays the role of the bride with serious intention — really, the only way in this delightful film. Michal has been dis-engaged by her fiancé very soon after she insisted he tell her why he was blue. The break-off occurs within weeks of their up-coming nuptials, but being an Orthodox Jew and believing strongly that God has a plan for her, Michal, does not cancel the wedding, planned for the last night of Hanukkah. By God, Michal is going to be married. Continue reading…

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THE WOMEN’S BALCONY — Review by Susan Granger

The highest-grossing film in Israel in the past three years, this good-hearted, yet provocative comedic drama is about the power of women in a battle against modern religious fundamentalism. Continue reading…

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Jerusalem Film Festival 2014: Top Awards to Female Filmmakers – Jennifer Merin reports

jerusalemfilmfestlogo60,000 viewers who attended the 2014 Jerusalem Film Festival (July 10-20, 2014) enjoyed an outstanding program of local and international cinema.despite heighten concerns for security in Israel. Many of the programmed films use character-driven narratives to explore current social and political trends in Israel. A wide range of 24 awards with a cash value of some $80,000 indicate festival highlights. And, most unusual, a majority of the awards went to female filmmakers. Read more>>

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