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Israeli Film Festival 2023

June 4 – Perfect Strangers

90 mins, Hebrew. Director: Lior Ashkenazi, 2021

Seven childhood friends meet for dinner to watch a lunar eclipse. What starts out as a congenial evening takes an unexpected turn when they agree to share every text message, call or notification that appear on their phones. Betrayals, secrets and unresolved issues emerge, threatening their friendships and marriages.

June 18 – America

127 mins, Hebrew. Director: Ofir Raul Graizer, 2022

A story set between a flower shop and an ancient monastery, a swimming pool and the Mediterranean Sea, life and death – and somewhere in the middle. This study of a Chicago-based swimming coach returning to his native Israel after his father’s death sets off a chain of misfortunes and disinterred traumas and braids blunt melodramatic storytelling with a softer, more searching look at conflicted identity, both cultural and sexual.

 

June 22 – Matchmaking

96 mins, Hebrew. Director: Erez Tadmor, 2022

Endlessly witty and sweetly romantic, Matchmaking is a Romeo and Juliet- like saga (sans the tragedy!) of two young, eligible ultra-Orthodox singles looking for a match. Moti, an Ashkenazi yeshiva boy, is about to embark on a matchmaking round to find a beautiful and pious bride. However, just as his parents are ready to set him up with an American girl, Moti falls for his best friend’s sister. Matchmaking is a contemporary Israeli romantic comedy.



If you have questions about any of the films please contact Vered Israel Program Manager
Ella Dagan, edagan@jccottawa.com

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