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Nine films that give you a glimpse of  Israel this weekend

The Israeli Film Festival, on till July 31, will give Indian audiences a chance to experience notable films from Israel. Curator, consulate general of Israel in Bangalore, Menahem Kanafi points out, “The idea behind the festival is to expose the facets of life in Israel and to find universal connections between Israeli and Indian art.” Catch 35 screenings of nine different Israeli films in four different venues in the city (Suchitra Film Society, Alliance Francaise, Bangalore International Centre and 1 Shanthi Road).

Event highlights
The event kicks off with Turn Left at the End of the World (2004), a story of an Indian family who have migrated to Israel in the sixties, their struggles with immigration and fighting prejudice.

The Band’s Visit (2007) follows the eight member Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, who have been booked by an Arab cultural center in Petah Tiqva and have to head to Bet Hatikva, a fictional town in the middle of the Negev Desert.

Footnote (2011) sees a conflicted father-son relationship between two eccentric professors. The father, Eliezer is a stubborn purist, while his son, Uriel, constantly seeks recognition and fame.

Album 61 (2013) is a biopic on Israeli chess player Boris Gelfand who played against Indian chess legend Anand Vishwanathan in the World Chess Championship.

Jellyfish (2007) is a tale about three Israeli women living in Tel Aviv whose intersecting stories bring out an unlikely portrait of modern Israeli life.

Sweet Mud (2006) follows 12-year-old Dvir Avni who takes care of his mentally ill mother while following the way of the Kibbutz (community) who are bent on denouncing her from the community.

Five Hours from Paris (2009): Yigal is a taxi driver who wants to visit Paris, but his fear of flying stands in the way. Entry free. 6.30 pm. Details: 26711785

—Avinash Kumai

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