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The Matchmaker”, Avi Nesher, 2010 (Opening Night Film)
An imaginative teen works as the “spy guy” for a mysterious matchmaker in 1960s Haifa.

“Turn Left At The End Of The World”, Avi Nesher, 2004
Two girls from different cultural backgrounds become friends despite their parents’ prejudices

“A Matter of Size”, Erez Tadmor and Sharon Maymon, 2009
Sweetly absurd laffer follows four overweight blue-collar guys, fed up with dieting, who start a sumo-wrestling club.

“Five Hours From Paris”, Leonid Prudovsky, 2009
A wistful romantic comedy about a divorced taxi driver with issues who falls for his son’s Russian-emigre music teacher.

“There Were Nights”, Ron Ninio, 2009
A daughter’s deep affection for her troubled father prevents her from pursuing a separate adult life. Starring real-life father and daughter Moshe and Dana Ivgi.

“Lebanon”, Samuel Maoz, 2009
June 1982. Four members of a tank crew find themselves in a violent situation they cannot control. Winner of the Golden Lion, 2009 Venice Film Festival.

“Sayed Kashua (Forever Scared)”, Dorit Zimbalist, 2009
Filmed over seven years, this penetrating portrait of the Israeli-Arab novelist, screenwriter (he penned the popular TV series “Arab Labor”) and news commentator reveals how Israeli society treats the Arab minority in their midst.