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As the U.S. and Israel continued their spat over a looming nuclear deal with Iran, a tiny Israeli film bowed at Toronto to an audience packed with proud Iranian expats. “Baba Joon,” the freshman feature from Israeli helmer Yuval Delshad, made its world premiere in Tiff’s Contemporary World Cinema section, and in doing so made a little bit of history — the pic is the first-ever Israeli film in Farsi, and one of only a handful on record to feature dozens of Iranian actors.
Delshad, whose own parents were born in Iran and belongs to the 200,000-some strong population of Iranian Jews in Israel, penned the semi-autobiographical script. The supporting cast includes Iranian-born actors David Diaan and Viss Elliot Safavi as well as several Iranian-Israeli non-pros.
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- Debra Kamin
Movies about father-son dynamics tend to transcend language — but what about when the father and son in question don’t speak in the same tongue? That was one of the impressive feats of “Baba Joon,” Israel’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film, director Yuval Delshad revealed at TheWrap’s Screening Series on Monday. Moderating the affair at Los Angeles’ iPic Theater, TheWrap founder and editor-in-chief Sharon Waxman welcomed Delshad and cast members Navid Negahban (“Homeland”), Viss Elliot Safavi and David Diaan for a panel following the film. Also Read: TheWrap Screening Series: Why Kurt Cobain's Art Mattered »
- Matt Donnelly
"Baba Joon," winner of five Ophir Awards from the Israeli Academy of Film and Television and Israel's 2016 Oscar submission, stars Navid Negahban ("Homeland") as Yitzhak, an Iranian immigrant in Israel who hopes his teenage son, Moti (Asher Avrahami), will take an interest in the family turkey farm. When Moti refuses, preferring instead to fix up junked cars, the ensuing conflict exposes the generation gap, as a son's demands for independence come up against his father's determination to honor tradition. The film is directed by Yuval Delshad and costars David Diaan ("The Stoning of Soraya M.") as Moti's uncle, Darius. The poster, following the film's appearance in Toronto, offers a glimpse of Ofer Inov's Ophir Award-winning cinematography, with a striking image of Yitzhak and Moti, eyes downcast, amid a sea of turkeys—and the trailer features a similar sense of inter-generational drama. "I want to do what I love," Moti tells his father. »
- Matt Brennan
Written by Yuval Delshad
Directed by Yuval Delshad
This year’s edition of the Haifa International Film Festival has a strong Iranian inflection, highlighting a Mohsen Makhmalbaf retrospective and Yuval Delshad’s Baba Joon, the first Farsi-language Israeli feature film. Baba Joon premiered internationally at this year’s Tiff and is Israel’s submission to the Academy Awards foreign language category. Yuval Delshad’s feature debut stars Homeland’s Navid Naghaban as Yitzhak and British actress Viss Elliot Safavi as Sarah, an Iranian-born turkey farming couple in an early 1980’s agricultural settlement somewhere in the Negev desert of Southern Israel, and newcomer Asher Avrahami as Moti, their only child.
The crux of the drama is a time-worn premise of inter-generational conflict and changing times – thirteen-year-old Moti’s distaste for turkey farming goes against his father’s and grandfather’s ambitions of continuing the family business. In fact, »
- Zornitsa Staneva
In this period of greater nuclear tensions between Israel and Iran, who would have guessed that Israel’s foreign-language Oscar submission would be mostly in Farsi? “Baba Joon” is a coming-of-age drama from debuting feature writer-director Yuval Delshad set in a Persian-immigrant moshav in the Negev during the early 1980s. Although some may find it a tad too sentimental and under-nuanced, the film depicts the ways of a community infrequently seen on Israeli screens. More universally, it provides a metaphor for the struggle between the migrant generation, which is holding on to the past and traditions from another country, and the sabra generation born into a new identity and seeking out a fresh path. Expect generous fest and niche arthouse play offshore.
Three generations of the stubborn Morgian family struggle to manage a ramshackle turkey farm in an isolated desert community of Farsi-speakers. There’s the aging grandfather (Rafael Faraj »
- Alissa Simon
Recently, CBS released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "NCIS: Los Angeles" episode 16 of season 6. The episode is entitled, "Fighting Shadows," and it turns out that we're going to see some very intriguing and intense stuff go down as Kensi and Deeks learn that everyone knows about their relationship while trying to investigate an FBI murderer at the same time, and more! In the new, 16th episode press release: The team is going to search for the person behind an explosion that killed three undercover FBI agents. Press release number 2: When three FBI agents are killed in an explosion following a successful undercover sting operation, the team is going to search for the person behind the attack. In the meantime, Deeks and Kensi will realize the team knows about their relationship, as Hetty pairs Kensi with Sam and Deeks with Callen during the investigation. Guest stars feature: »
- Andre Braddox
6 items from 2015