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Michal Vinik’s award-winning ‘Barash’ is well worth your time

15 October 2015 10:02 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written and directed by Michal Vinik

Israel, 2015

There is a lesbian coming of age set up in Barash that strongly smacks of the central duo in Abdellatif Kechiche’s La Vie d’Adèle, paralleling the sexual awakening of a relatively timid high-school student at the hands of a more assertive, experienced female friend, complete with a fairly detailed girl-on-girl sex scene – the pretty, nubile-flesh kind – as well as the central character’s introduction to the world of the lesbian night club scene.

Barash, Michal Vinik’s first feature film, premiered last month at the San Sebastian Film Festival and just won several prizes at the Haifa International Film Festival – Best Screenplay, Best Actress for newcomer Sivan Shimon in the main role as 17 year-old Naama and Best Actor for Dvir Benedek as Gideon, Naama’s father. It follows suburban high-school student Naama as she befriends new student Dana, a feisty self-assured rock chick, »

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Elad Keidan's 'Afterthought' wins at Haifa Film Festival

5 October 2015 5:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Other winners include Venice title Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me and documentary Rabin In His Own Words.

Elad Keidan’s debut feature Afterthought (Hayored Lemaala) was crowned Best Israeli Film at this year’s Haifa Film Festival (Sept 26-Oct 5).

London-based Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf presided over the jury that included Karlovy Vary artistic director Karel Och, MoMA’s former cinema curator Laurence Kardish, Israeli cinematographer-director-actress Yvonne Miklosh and director Julie Schlez.

Screened earlier this year in Cannes’ Special Screenings section, the film is a metaphor of Israel today, focusing on two characters, one going up and the other down the staircases crisscrossing Haifa’s Mount Carmel and was entirely shot on location in the city.

Back from Venice’s Horizons section, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me (Lama Azavtani), a gloomy portrait of a city slum and of a teenager living on the fringes of society who desperately tries to find his own identity, gained director »

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