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Through its top-notch film schools and pair of movies boards, Israel Film Fund and Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation, Israel has bred a diverse generation of filmmakers and producers who have gained international recognition through selections at key festivals, from Cannes to Venice, Berlin and Locarno.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of Israel film industry’s 10 power-players and directors you should know:
Katriel Schory, executive director of the Israel Film Fund
Schory, an Nyu grad and former producer, has been exec director of Israel Film Fund for 17 years and has so far participated in financing 230 movies, such as “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” “Waltz With Bashir” and “Lebanon.” Schory is one of the film world’s most respected figures and is perceived by many Jewish and Arab filmmakers in Israel as a gatekeeper of freedom of expression. Throughout his mandate, Schory has managed to get the Cinema Law passed in »
- Elsa Keslassy
Israeli television programming went dark here Tuesday night as the nation began its annual observance of Remembrance Day, a 24-hour period of mourning that honors fallen soldiers and terror victims who died over the past 12 months.
Yom Hazikaron, as the holiday is called in Hebrew, is the most somber day on the Israeli calendar, and its observance reaches deep into the nation’s media landscape. All regularly scheduled television and radio programming is cancelled, swapped instead for televised interviews with bereaved families, as well as live footage of the various ceremonies and gatherings held throughout the course of the day.
Observance of the holiday also touches the radio waves, which for 24 hours offer only grief-themed ballads from Israeli artists. All talkshows, pop music and comedy or drama programming is put on hold.
The country’s television stations have been honoring the holiday since it was first established in 1963, committing months »
- Debra Kamin
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to join Eva Green and Asa Butterfield in Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" at 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment. The film is slated to open March 4th 2016.
Burton will direct from a script by Jane Goldman, who adapted the Ransom Rigg novel about a teenager who finds himself on an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them. [Source: Variety]
Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Isaach De Bankole and Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi have joined Richard Gere on the cast of "Oppenheimer Strategies" at The Solution Entertainment Group.
Joseph Cedar directs the story of a man whose life changes dramatically after he befriends a young politician who becomes an influential world leader. Filming begins on Sunday in New York and Israel. »
- Garth Franklin
Efm: Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Isaach De Bankolé and Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi have joined Richard Gere on the cast of Oppenheimer Strategies, which The Solution Entertainment Group is selling at the Efm.
Joseph Cedar directs from his screenplay about the famous scientist. Gideon Tadmor and Tadmor Entertainment, Miranda Bailey and Cold Iron Pictures, David Mandil and MoviePlus Productions, Lawrence Inglee, Eyal Rimmon and Oren Moverman. Michal Graidy, Caroline Kaplan, Amanda Marshall, Jim Kaufman and Doug Mankoff serve as executive producers.
Principal photography is set to being on Sunday (February 8) in New York and Israel. ICM Partners handles Us rights.
The Solution has also come on to handle international sales on thriller Tokyo Vice to star Daniel Radcliffe. John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Productions produces with Adam Kassan and The Solution’s Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel are executive producers alongside Binn Jakupi. Production is set of this summer in Japan »
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The Solution Entertainment Group is selling international rights at Berlin. ICM Partners is repping the project domestically.
The film is produced by Gideon Tadmor and Tadmor Entertainment, Miranda Bailey and Cold Iron Pictures, David Mandil and MoviePlus Productions, Lawrence Inglee, Eyal Rimmon and Oren Moverman; executive producers are Michal Graidy, Caroline Kaplan, Amanda Marshall, Jim Kaufman and Doug Mankoff.
Gere plays the titular character. His life dramatically changes after the young politician he befriended during a dark period in his life becomes an influential world leader.
Cedar’s 2011 film “Footnote” received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, »
- Dave McNary
With sex and Hollywood in the spotlight as the debut of Universal’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie approaching, Variety critics weigh in on their favorite movie sex scenes.
“Don’t Look Now”
(Nicolas Roeg, 1973)
(Dover Kosashvili, 2001)
(Bernardo Bertolucci, 2003)
(Bernardo Bertolucci, 1972)
The butter scene ensured notoriety, but another moment — two lonely people naked on a mattress, trying to bring each other to »
- Justin Chang, Scott Foundas and Peter Debruge
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