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39 films will be screened tomorrow in seventy cinemas across the country, and all for the price of ten shekels only. From this huge selection, get five especially worthwhile recommendations

From the movie "Valeria Gets Married" (courtesy of United King Films)

In the midst of a difficult period in Israel in general and in Israeli culture in particular, tomorrow (Wednesday) will be Israeli Cinema Day.

No less than 39 films made in Israel will be screened in seventy cinemas across the country, and all for the price of ten shekels only (not including the online booking fee, parking, popcorn and babysitter of course).

With such a quantity, of course there is something for everyone: there are films that put a mirror to the local society, and there are also those that offer escapism and nothing more.

Your choice

and here is our choice - from the huge selection, five highly recommended films

Valeria is getting married

After making its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, having managed to tour several festivals on the East Coast of the United States, being nominated for 14 Ophir Awards and winning a statuette in the screenplay category, Michal Vinik's film is being screened as part of Israel Film Day and will soon receive wide commercial distribution.

Among the premieres of this day, this is the best film, and in general one of the best films of the coming period, in any language.

It's an Israeli film, but its heroines are Ukrainian, from the Russian-speaking side of the region, so most of the film is in that language, with some dialogues in Hebrew and English.

The heroine named after him is a young woman who comes to Israel to meet her intended groom, who "bought" her on the Internet.

Her sister, who lives in the country, also got married in such a marriage.

At first everything seems ideal, until Valeria decides that actually this arrangement does not suit her.

Good news for those who are tired of the long Oscar films: "Valeria Gets Married" lasts only seventy minutes, but in this short time manages to create drama and tension and raise fascinating questions about power, money and the position of women in the world, and wonder what marriage is and what love is.

Five stars, not to be missed.

not to miss

From "Valeria Gets Married" (photo: courtesy of United King Films)

Where is Anne Frank?

Now we will move on to films that have already been shown here in the past, even the relatively distant past, and did not receive the attention they deserved.

The outstanding example of this is "Where's Anne Frank" by Ari Pullman, the director's best film since "Waltz with Bashir" and one of the most beautiful and complex adaptations made of the writings of the famous Jewish girl in history.

So why didn't he get the respect he deserved here?

Probably because in Israel they don't pay much attention to animated films that appeal to an adult audience, they don't pay attention to the Holocaust and Anne Frank, and the truth is that they don't pay attention to cinema either.

Cinema Day is an opportunity to correct some of these injustices.

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The ballad about Ari and Anna

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Too bad you missed it.

From "Where's Anne Frank" (Photo: Bridget Pullman Film Gang)

A concerned citizen

Idan Hagoel's film is very reminiscent of "Triangle of Sorrows", which, like it, deals with privilege and guilt and does so creatively and powerfully.

But while "Triangle of Sadness" was nominated for an Oscar in the best film category, "Concerned Citizen" was not even nominated for an Ophir, nor did it really bring the crowds to the theaters.

Here is another injustice that can be righted on cinema day.

The film is about a white and liberal couple, the kind that must be demonstrating every Shabbat today, whose lofty ideals end when it comes to those close to them - for example, migrant workers from Africa who live next to them in a neighborhood in south Tel Aviv that is undergoing accelerated gentrification.

It's a great film, multi-layered and smart, and it's fascinating and full of power from the first second to the last.

Among the supporting actors and actresses you can find Lena Freifeld, who stars in "Valeria Gets Married" as the heroine's sister.

More in Walla!

"Concerned Citizen" is one of the best Israeli films of recent years.

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Civil duty.

From "Concerned Citizen" (Photo: Guy Saaf)


Four years after "The Baker from Berlin", which was a big hit in Israel, Ofir Raul Greitzer returned with his second feature film, which was a good success compared to post-corona numbers, and is now continuing his box office campaign.

Michael Moshunov, in his best role, plays a young Israeli who fled to America to start a new life, but is forced to return to Israel and face demons from the past.

With my own eyes, I saw quite a few people leave this movie with tears in their eyes, so in the surplus you have left over from the discounted rate, stock up on handkerchiefs.

Prepare the handkerchiefs.

From "America" ​​(Photo: Omri Aloni)

i love you charlie

And we'll end with a completely different film, from the most commercial side of Israeli cinema, one that doesn't necessarily need days like this to sell tickets.

"I Love You Charlie" is the new film by Shai Kenato, who at the time gave Gal Gadot her first (and for the time being the last) role in Israeli cinema in "Shoshana Halutz Sehri", and here gives Noa Kirel her first significant film role, if you don't refer to the role Her little one in "Almost Famous" which mainly included musical performances.

Noa Kirel is also the main reason we recommend this lovable crime comedy, because watching it is the last chance to see her in an Israeli film before she flies to Eurovision and establishes her position as an international star.

It is likely that the next time you will be on the screen, it will be in a Hollywood production.

For those who missed it: our interview with Noa Kirel about her appearance in the movie

Showtimes and ordering tickets - on the official websites of the cinemas

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  • Michael Moshunov

Source: walla

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