On February 16-19, the Kyiv cinema “Zhovten” will host the “Week of Israeli Cinema” festival, during which four films will be shown: two dramas about the war and its consequences, a comedy about friendship and a touching drama about the relationship between a father and a son. This was announced by the Arthouse Traffic film company, which is holding the event together with the Embassy of the State of Israel in Ukraine.
“The event will take place under the slogan “Cinema of Invincibility”. This is a symbolic message, because indomitability is a common feature of the peoples of Israel and Ukraine. Yes, Israel is a country that, under the constant threat of war, has created an advanced security system, a strong economy, and conducts cultural activities, including developing cinematography. At the same time, Ukraine has been restraining Russian aggression for 11 months, and life, in particular cultural, does not pause here either – even despite the war and blackouts, film festivals continue,” the film company noted.
The festival will show four iconic Israeli films recognized at home: the selection includes nominees and laureates of the Israel Film Academy Award, as well as films participating in the country’s largest film festival – Haifa.
The event will be opened by the epic war drama “Image of Victory”, based on the real events of the Israeli War of Independence. The plot of the tape unfolds around the raid of the armed formations of Egypt on the Jewish commune of Nizanim. In 2021, the film was awarded the Israel Film Academy awards for the best cinematography and make-up. “Image of Victory” became the most expensive Israeli film of all time.
The touching drama “Good Morning Son” skillfully reflects the trials and tribulations faced by military families in Israel and around the world. In the center of the plot is a seriously wounded soldier, as well as his family, friends and doctors who are fighting for the young man’s life. Tape from the national competition program of the 2018 Haifa International Film Festival.
There is also a comedy in the selection – a co-production of Israel and France “Paris Boutique”. The tape tells about the adventures and sudden friendship of two women in Jerusalem: a lawyer on a business trip and a taxi driver who met her at the airport. In 2020, the film received six nominations for the Israel Film Academy Award.
“And here we are!” – a drama co-produced by Israel and Italy. This is a film about a man who devoted his life to raising a son with autism. When the boy becomes an adult, he must move to a specialized institution, but his father, who is not ready for separation, organizes an escape.
In 2020, the film was selected for the official program of the Cannes Film Festival, and in its homeland it won awards from the Israel Film Academy for the best direction, screenplay, and the work of actors of the first and second plans.
All screenings within the framework of the festival will take place in the original language with Ukrainian subtitles.