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Films & Schedules - ISRAEL

THE FAREWELL PARTY

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Mon, Feb 9, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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THE FAREWELL PARTY

DIRECTOR: TAL GRANIT, SHARON MAYMON - ISRAEL

The question “Who has the right to play God?” is at the center of this comedic tale of a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home who construct a machine for self-euthanasia in order to help a terminally ill pal. With a dream cast of septuagenarian talent, a finely honed visual sense, and superbly ironic comic timing and dialogue, this compassionate film doesn’t belabor the ethics of assisted suicide but instead treats this tricky topic with rare sensitivity. “A provocative issue is addressed with wisdom, sensitivity, and a welcome strain of humor. Anyone ever touched by the inexorable...

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GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM

Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 5:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 5:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM

DIRECTOR: RONIT ELKABETZ, SHLOMI ELKABETZ - ISRAEL

“Gett” is Hebrew for a divorce decree—something that is very difficult to get in Israel, where rabbinical courts hold jurisdiction and mutual consent is required. This riveting drama follows the five-year struggle of Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz) to break from her loveless marriage to husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian). A powerful examination of the roles of men and women in a religious society. Gett, the winner of two Israeli Film Awards including Best Film and Best Supporting Actor, is an absurdist journey into the enigmas of a couple and a society caught between tradition and modernity. This year’s Israeli submission...

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