GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz Stars: Ronit Elkabetz, Simon Abkarian, Sasson Gabai, Menashe Noy, Eli Gornstein. There have been some great and compelling courtroom dramas over the years which has provided some fireworks, such as Otto Preminger's Anatomy Of A Murder, A Few Good Men, The Caine Mutiny, and now we can add to this list the Israeli courtroom drama Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem. Winner of the Best Picture Award at the Ophir Awards (the Israeli equivalent of the Oscars), Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem was one of the Continue reading

ZERO MOTIVATION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Talya Lavie Stars: Dana Ivgy, Nelly Tagar, Shani Klein, Tamara Klingon. M*A*S*H meets The Office? Israeli cinema is producing some exciting films at the moment. The multi-award winning comedy Zero Motivation, which has been a huge box office success in its native country, screened at the Jewish International Film Festival in 2014, and is now gaining a limited cinema release. This deadpan black comedy is the debut feature film from Israeli director Talya Lavie, and it stamps her as an exciting new voice and a talent to watch. Many Continue reading

NIGHT WILL FALL

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Andre Singer. What a powerful, moving but grim film to start the day with! When the allied troops liberated the concentration camps in 1945 Allied soldiers, who had been specially trained as cameramen, filmed the stark conditions as a record of the atrocities committed by the Nazis. They captured some horrific and deeply disturbing images of malnourished and emaciated bodies, mass graves, the sick and elderly who had almost given up hope, and survivors who were too listless and weak to move. And the soldiers talked about Continue reading

THE GREEN PRINCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Nadav Schirman. We've recently seen a couple of tense Israeli thrillers about a Palestinian youth forced to spy for Mossad and the dangerous situation he is placed in because of this, namely Omar and Bethlehem. And now we get this documentary from veteran filmmaker Nadav Schirman which tells the real life story that inspired those fictional dramas. And The Green Prince unfolds with all the sweaty palmed tension of a fictional thriller as its two central characters operate in a world of grey and shadows where nothing Continue reading

THE GREEN PRINCE – interview with director Nadav Schirman

by GREG KING The Green Prince is a fascinating documentary about a young Palestinian, the son of one of the leaders of Hammas, who became a spy for the Israeli security forces. The film, which unfolds like a thriller, tells of the unlikely friendship that developed between spy and spy master. The film won the audience prize at Sundance earlier this year, and it has also screened here in Australia as part of the Jewish International Film Festival. The Green Prince hits cinemas on December 4. To learn more about this remarkable true story, Greg spoke to the director Continue reading