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Film Maven Lia Van Leer Helped Israel’s Movie Business Grow up

12 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s impossible to look at the trajectory of Israeli cinema — its evolution from the slapstick, racially tinged films of the 1960s to the critically acclaimed dramas and documentaries of the past decade — without noting the immense influence of one diminutive, smart-talking little old lady: Lia Van Leer.

Her story, chronicled in Taly Goldenberg’s 2011 documentary “Lia,” will be at the center of a special screening and Shabbat dinner in New York on June 13 as part of the Israel Film Center Festival at the Manhattan Jcc.

Now 87, Van Leer has lived a life in film. She arrived in pre-state Israel as a teen from Romania in 1940, one year before her parents were sent to die in a Nazi concentration camp. She made the Jewish state her home, and in the early 1950s met and married Wim Van Leer, a Dutch engineer and pilot who shared her love of cinema.

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