We're delighted to be once again partnering with the SERET International Festival of Israeli Film and TV which, this year, is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

With over a dozen films spread across a week, it's the perfect way to celebrate the re-opening of our Cinema at JW3. This edition features a selection of truly outstanding feature films, documentaries and TV series along with exclusive Q&A’s from the films’ makers and stars.

Israeli films are the eyes and ears of a new generation of filmmakers. They reflect a melting pot of cultures, religions and social backgrounds, encouraging audiences to rethink their views. They will make you laugh, fill you with wonder, provoke strong reactions and of course, entertain.

We can't wait to share them with you.

Ben Gurion Trailer

Synopsis & Credits

Based on archive material, the film reveals the final years of Israel's founder, David Ben-Gurion, who has been described as the living embodiment of the romantic ideal of Israel. Excluded from leadership, he looks back on the Zionist enterprise in his lifetime.

A six-hour interview with David Ben-Gurion, one of modern history's greatest leaders emerges from the obscurity of an archive where it has lain unrecognised for decades.

It is 1968, and Ben-Gurion is 82 years old. He lives in the seclusion of his home in the desert, remote from all political discourse, which allows him a perspective on the Zionist enterprise. His introspective soul-searching is the focus of this film, and his reflections provide a surprising vision for today's crucial decisions and for the future of Israel.

Rating: TBC
Genre: Documentary, History
Director: Yariv Mozer
Stars: David Ben-Gurion

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Here We Are Trailer

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Here We Are is a poignant road (and rail) trip which explores the line between protecting a grown child with special needs and letting them live their own life.

Divorced Aharon has given up much in his life to raise his son Uri, including his marriage.  They live together in a gentle routine, away from the real world. But Uri is autistic, and now as a young adult it might be time for him to live in a specialised home so that he can learn to live a more independent life and expand his horizons.

Aharon feels passionately that without his father as a constant presence, Uri will be unable to cope, and the deep love and understanding between them would seem to point in that direction.

While on their way to the institution, Aharon decides to run away with his son and hits the road, knowing that Uri is not ready for this separation. Or is it, in fact, his father who is not ready?

Rating: TBC
Genre: Drama
Director: Nir Bergman
Stars: Shai Avivi, Noam Imber, Smadi Wolfman 

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Menachem Begin trailer

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This powerful film was produced in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt and presents a surprising and unfamiliar portrait of Israel’s sixth prime minister.

Menachem Begin led Israel for six dramatic and tumultuous years, which produced waves that are still felt deeply within the fabric of Israel’s social and political landscape. During Begin’s shortened one and a half terms of office, he faced a maelstrom of challenges and made a handful of fateful decisions that led to both creating peace and launching a hubristic war.

By exploring these events, the film depicts a multi-faceted portrait of a man who held on to an unwavering ideology full of conflicts, as well as the cultural mosaic and fissured society that he sought to lead. The film merges rare archival footage shown for the first time, as well as current interviews held with key figures during Menachem Begin’s time as Prime Minister.

Rating: TBC
Genre: Documentary
Director: Levi Zini
Stars: Menachem Begin

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Chasing Yehoshua

Chasing Yehoshua

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A real ‘fact is far stranger than fiction’ story which begins in the West Bank during September 2004 when Yehoshua Elitzur, a settler who shot an innocent Palestinian taxi driver dead, was found guilty and put under house-arrest until the court's verdict.

On the day of the verdict Yehoshua doesn't show up. From that point on, Shay Fogelman, who covered the story for Israeli newspaper "Ha'aretz," will do anything to find Yehoshua. The journey will carry Shay across continents, to places he never thought he would find himself, talking to people that seem determined to block the trail, and to the realization that he's probably the only person who is still chasing Yehoshua.

This is an edge of the seat unfolding of the manhunt for a radical West Bank settler, which turns into a psychological portrait of a loner with a tormented soul.

Genre: Documentary
Director: Shay Fogelman

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Synopsis & Credits

The Human Factor is the behind-the-scenes story from the last 25 years, of how the United States came within reach of pulling off the impossible - securing peace between Israel and its neighbours.

With unprecedented access to the foremost American negotiators, Gemal Helal, Martin Indyk, Daniel Kurtzer, Robert Malley, Aaron Miller and Dennis Ross, this is an intriguing peak behind the Middle East negotiations from 1991 up to the end of the first Clinton administration.  

The negotiators recall their advances and missteps in a quest for an Israeli-Palestinian peace. It shows how much any international agreement relies on a rare alignment of concrete compromises and personal trust — what the former Middle East envoy Dennis Ross here calls the “human factor. Today, the need to learn from past mistakes couldn't be more urgent.

Rating: 12
Genre: Documentary
Director: Dror Moreh
Stars: Gamal Helal, Martin Indyk, Daniel Kurtzer

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Black Flowers

Black Flowers

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This is the story of five Holocaust survivors. 

The sculptor Saadya Bahat who lost his entire family in the camps.

The multidisciplinary artist Tommy Brayer who was born in the ghetto and survived due to his mother’s wit and strength.

The painter Ruthi Goren who spent her childhood in a children's orphanage during the war. 

Jenny Rozenstein who reclaims her childhood, which was brutally taken from her, through her colourful, playful paintings.

Esther Goldman whose embroidery work enabled her and her mother, to survive the war.

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Yolande: An Unsung Heroine

Yolande: An Unsung Heroine

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This is the story of Yolande Gabai de Botton (née Harmor), the grandmother of singer/songwriter Miel de Botton and philosopher Alain de Botton.

Yolande was a sophisticated Jewish woman from Alexandria who risked her son's life and her own collecting intelligence in Egypt while undercover as a reporter. She built up a network of informers, even within The Moslem Brotherhood which provided invaluable information leading up to the creation of the state of Israel.

Rating: TBC
Genre: Documentary
Director: Dan Wolman
Stars: Yolande Harmer

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Forgiveness trailer

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Starring, written and directed by Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon, creators of hit comedy Maktub, Forgiveness is set in the south of Israel near the Gaza border, in a place where the long-suffering citizens live with incoming rocket fire on a regular basis.  

Long time pals Shaul (Amir) and Nissan (Savyon) attempt to rob a postal bank. But the botched job results in Shaul being collared and sent to prison.

Years later, on his release, Shaul is less than pleased to be greeted by the newly religious Nissan seeking his forgiveness. Even though Shaul has served his sentence, his skill set hasn’t expanded in any way that will enable him to support his family, so he needs Nissan to remember where he buried their loot.

Rating: TBC
Genre: Comedy
Directors: Guy Amir, Hanan Savyon
Stars: Alon Aboutboul, Guy Amir, Tsahi Halevi

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Sky Raiders trailer

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A misfit boy and girl secretly repair an antique fighter plane with the help of a grumpy old loner.

13-year-old Yotam is obsessed with flying, but his overprotective mother won't let him anywhere near planes, especially after he lost his father in a jet crash a few years ago. When Yotam and his classmate Noa find a rare antique plane in the local junkyard, they team up with Morris, an 80-year-old grumpy loner who used to be a pilot. Together they try to bring the plane back to life, just in time for the Annual Air Show.

Rating: U
Genre: Adventure, Family
Director: Lior Chefetz
Stars: Amir Tessler, Hila Natanzon, Arie Tcherner

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Entangled

Entangled

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Natalie Herman is a brilliant young woman working in high-tech.

She finds herself one day being led to a difficult and pointed investigation by the Israeli police and the Interpol. She is being accused of cooperating in a lethal terror attack. Is there any basis for this accusation? Her suspicious behaviour in the hours and days following the investigation is leading her environment to doubt whether she is indeed innocent.

From that moment, she will be forced to pay a heavy price for dark secrets that are being discovered from the distant past, while being swept away into a great whirlwind of cold international interests that include politics and large sums of money, producing a lethal and poisonous potion.

Rating: TBC
Genre: Drama
Director: Dina Perlstein
Stars: Daniel Gal, Reymond Amsalem, Evelin Hagoel, Einat Saruf

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Rabin: A Prime Minister’s Schedule

Rabin: A Prime Minister’s Schedule

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Following the months of October - November 1995 through the diary of Yitzhak Rabin, the film pages through his last days as Prime Minister of Israel in an amazing description of the variety of his activities as a leader, as a politician, as a person, as a family man, as the friend who is missed.

Made in 1998, the film moves swiftly through pictures of the events covered in the diary, interspersed with contributions from the people who touched his life during those tumultuous days: each has his “own Rabin.”  

Rabin – the man whose life story is in reality the story of all of the citizens of the State of Israel, the history of its people, the region and the world.

Rating: TBC
Genre: Documentary
Director: Shahar Segal
Stars: Yitzhak Rabin

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Israeli Love Story trailer

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How can love survive when you’re surrounded by conflict?

An Israeli Love Story is multi-award winning veteran director Dan Wolman’s latest film. With sensitivity and simplicity he weaves the love story between the two young idealists into the pivotal moments that gave birth to the state of Israel.

This is a passionate story of love and independence, Eli and Margalit are torn between their love for one another and where they see their own futures in the Jewish state. In the budding theatre world of Tel Aviv and the kibbutzim, Margalit finds her place in the spotlight. Eli, while planning to marry Margalit, is drawn deeper into the armed struggle for Israeli independence.

Set in 1947, a young woman dreams of becoming an actress and falls for a soldier working for the underground army during the turbulent period of the British Mandate of Palestine. It is based on the true story of the love affair between theatre director and actor Pnina Gary and Eli Ben–Zvi, son of the Second President of the State of Israel.

Rating: TBC
Genre: Drama, History
Director: Dan Wolman
Stars: Avraham Aviv Alush, Alex Ansky, Idan Barkai

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Happy Times trailer

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A seemingly friendly dinner party erupts into a night of violence and terror at a lush Hollywood estate.

Michael Aloni (Shtisel) plays a secular small-time actor who brings a beautiful African-American actress played by Stefi Celma as his date to a Tarantino-esque Shabbat dinner in the Hollywood Hills.  With family and friends at pains to demonstrate their lack of racism, the good, indulged life and superficially happy times are turned on their head.

A toxic mix of alcohol, egos, cultural differences, lust and greed derails the evening rather quickly and things spin out of control. Secrets are revealed, relationships are tested and getting out in one piece will be the ultimate challenge.

Rating: TBC
Genre: Action, Comedy, Horror
Director: Michael Mayer
Stars: Michael Aloni, Iris Bahr, Stéfi Celma

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One Hundred Percent trailer

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This is the story of a closed society trying to find its way in a changing reality.

The village of Beit Jann in the mountains of the Galilee holds the highest record of high school graduates in Israel, and possibly in the world. While the school only held a 12% graduation rate up to a few years ago, it has now climbed to 100%.

Beit Jann has a population of 12,000 Druze, an Arabic speaking ethnic group scattered around Israel, Lebanon, and Syria, suffering from systematic discrimination. But is the goal worth the extreme measures being taken? Do the students possess a real chance for a better future? And what will be the place of Druze tradition in light of the liberal values the school is promoting?

At the heart of the school’s success is an extraordinary man who believes firmly that each one of his pupils deserves to be at the top, and will use every ounce of commitment, charm, firmness, friend and family connections at his disposal to push them.

Rating: TBC
Genre: Documentary
Director: Yael Kipper Zaretzky, Ronen Zaretsky

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Fill The Void trailer

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Fill the Void is an enthralling, intimate and delicately portrayed story of a devout 18-year-old Israeli girl who is pressured to marry the husband of her late sister who died in childbirth.

Declaring her independence is not an option in Tel Aviv's ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community, where religious law, tradition and the rabbi's word are absolute.

Selected as one of our favourite films throughout SERET’s 10 year history, it’s accurate to say that when this film was released in 2012, it established a new audience for Israeli cinema across the world, and is the most awarded Israeli film ever made.  This was a breakthrough film for its sympathetic look into the usually veiled life of the Hasidic community; for showing that we can all relate to the consequences of adhering to the strict interpretation of religious law, whatever our beliefs.

The film was the full-length feature debut for writer and director Rama Burshtein, who as an Ultra-Orthodox filmmaker has a unique take on life within her own community.

We’re delighted to bring this back to be enjoyed again

Rating: TBC
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Rama Burshtein
Stars: Hadas Yaron, Yiftach Klein, Irit Sheleg

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King Bibi Trailer

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Twenty years before the spectacle of Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu already understood the political benefits of a toxic relationship with the media, and direct communication with the public.

King Bibi explores Netanyahu’s rise to power, using archival footage of his media performances over the years, from his days as a popular guest expert on American TV, through his public confession of adultery, and his mastery of the art of social media. From one studio to another, "Bibi" evolved from Israel's great political hope, to a controversial figure whom some perceive as Israel's saviour, and others - as a cynical politician who will stop at nothing to retain his power.

Rating: TBC
Genre: Documentary
Director: Dan Shadur
Stars: Alon Aboutboul, Benjamin Netanyahu

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Tel Aviv On Fire trailer

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Selected as the best of the films that have been screened during the SERET Festivals over the past ten years, Tel Aviv on Fire introduces us to Salam, a charming 30-year-old Palestinian living in Jerusalem, who works as an intern on a popular Palestinian soap opera “Tel Aviv on Fire” which is produced in Ramallah.

Every day, Salam must pass through an arduous Israeli checkpoint to reach the television studios. He meets the commander of the check-point, Assi, whose wife is a huge fan of the show. In order to impress her, Assi gets involved in the writing of the show.

Salam soon realizes that Assi’s ideas could get him a promotion as a screenwriter. Salam’s creative career catches fire, until Assi and the soap’s financial backers disagree on how the soap opera should end. Squeezed between an Army Officer and the Arab backers, Salam can only solve his problems with a final master stroke.

Rating: TBC
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: Sameh Zoabi
Stars: Kais Nashif, Lubna Azabal, Yaniv Biton

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