As You Are – Pilot screening & conversation

A comic drama about the lives of a group of wild Tel-Avivian women in their thirties, who try to fulfil themselves against the ticking of the biological clock, social norms and the status of women. Going with their dreams and loves at any cost and even offering an alternative to the accepted lifestyle, at an age where every choice is fateful.

After the screening, a conversation with the creator.

TLVFest celebrates 50 years to The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, TAU!

We invite you to a special screening of the Tisch School’s first groundbreaking and daring LGBTQ students’ final projects which were made back in the 70’s and 80’s.
After the screening, a panel with the filmmakers to discuss queer film making, then and now.

A Different Shadow
Director: Ron Assouline
Cast: Danny Roth, Efron Atkin, Gideon Singer, Daniel Amar, Neomi Doron
Israel, 1983, 36 min, Hebrew

Amit is a young photographer from a good family who is tired of living a lie. He struggles with the difficulties of revealing his sexual tendencies to his loving family – especially in front of his tough father and his shocked brother.

It’s That Age
Director: Hagar Kot
Cast: Ruthi Goldberg, Idit Tepperson, Meir Banai, Niko Nitai, Ilan Yagoda.
Israel, 1989, 37 min, Hebrew

Danielle is a rebellious 17-year-old. She finds work sitting for Michal, a 35-year-old sculptor. Danielle opens up to Michal, and ends up in a tender, yet suffocating relationship.

The Blue Caftan

Halim and Mina run a traditional caftan shop in one of Morocco’s oldest Medinas. Times have changed, working on a handmade caftan takes a long time and a lot of labor and customers are impatient. In order to meet demand they decide to hire an assistant, and that’s how Youssef comes to the shop. Youssef is very dedicated and very eager to learn the trade of caftan making from Halim, and Mina begins to notice how enchanted her husband is with the youth.
Winner of FIPRESCI Prize in Cannes Festival, “The Blue Caftan” is an elegant and splendid film, just as the caftans shown in it. Director Maryam Touzani accentuates the gentle script with some very fine acting, and delivers a kind movie about love and the freedom to be true to yourself.

The film is presented courtesy of Nahshon Films.

The Cow Who Sang a Song into the Future

An Israeli premiere of one of the latest Sundance Festival most talked about films.
With sensual images and gentle narrative courage, “The Cow Who Sang a Song into the Future” provides a rich cinematic vision that captures the humane and the inexplicable, equally.
Cecilia (Leonor Varela, “Blade 2”) is a tough surgeon and a single parent who refuses to accept her daughter’s trans identity. She receives a call that her elderly father Enrique (Alfredo Castro, “From Afar”, “The Prince”) believes he had seen her long dead mother Magdalena (Mía Maestro, “Mayan M.C.”, “The Strain” and the LGBT film “End of the Century”). Cecilia returns to the family farm to discover a series of disturbing occurrences amongst the farm animals.
In her debut film, director Francisca Alegría creates a ghost story, a family melodrama, a surreal fairytale, and ponders about the ‘here and now’, while refusing to commit her film to one specific genre. Undoubtedly, Francisca Alegría is one of present time most fascinating filmmakers.

Video movie review (no spoilers)

Additional screenings: Jerusalem Cinematheque 3.11, 18:00
3.11 , 20:30 , Rosh Pina Cinematheque


Director & screenwriter/actress in attendance

Director Lola Quivoron’s debut film had rightly won the judges awards in the “Un Certain Regard” segment of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. It is one of the more entrancing films of the last year.
Julia is a young woman on the edges of society. She makes a living through petty crimes and has an endless passion for riding motorcycles. One hot summer day, an accident helps her make her way into a group of motorcyclists who get their thrills by riding hard and fast and perform acrobatics with no helmets on. This group of misfits is working for a mobster who is in prison and controls them from afar. Julia gains his trust through her talents in petty crimes, but then she meets his girlfriend and her son.
Julie Ledru is hypnotic in her debut role, and shows some real star quality. In her debut film Lola Quivoron delivers a breathtaking experience.

Additional screening: Haifa Cinematheque 2.11.2022

In association with the French Institute