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Haigh, Barthes & Terence Nance Among Ifp Independent Film Week Participants

22 July 2015 2:15 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The premiere post-tiff destination (September 20-25th) in the film community and a major leg up for narrative and non-fiction films in development, the Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) announced a whopping 140 projects selected for the Project Forum at the upcoming Ifp Independent Film Week. Made up of several sections (Rbc’s Emerging Storytellers program, No Borders International Co-Production Market and Spotlight on Documentaries), we find latest updates from the likes of docu-helmers Doug Block (112 Weddings) and Lana Wilson (After Tiller), and among the narrative items we find headliners in Andrew Haigh (coming off the well received 45 Years), Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls and Madame Bovary), Terence Nance (An Oversimplification of Her Beauty), Lawrence Michael Levine (Wild Canaries), Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are), Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal (Stranger Things) and new faces in Sundance’s large family in Charles Poekel (Christmas, Again) and Olivia Newman (First Match). Here »

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Cannes: Music Box Hears Israeli Documentary ‘Censored Voices’

13 May 2015 2:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Specialty distributor Music Box has picked up U.S. rights to “Censored Voices,” an Israeli documentary about young soldiers returning from the battlefield. Music Box is planning a theatrical release later this year setting the film up for an Oscar-qualifying run.

The film was directed by Mor Loushy with author Amos Oz and editor Avraham Shapira. In the week after the 1967 ‘Six-Day’ war, a group of young kibbutzinks, recorded intimate conversations with soldiers returning from the battlefield. The Israeli army censored the recordings, allowing only a fragment of the conversations to be published. “Censored Voices” reveals the original recordings for the first time.

“’Censored Voices’ is a fascinating reflection on war and remembrance. We think it will be a timely and provocative experience for Us audiences,” said Edward Arentz, MD of Music Box.

Sales of the film are handled by U.K.-based documentary specialist Dogwoof. The company scored a string of other sales. »

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Citizenfour to open Israel's DocAviv festival

2 April 2015 7:36 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Documentary festival to focus on

DocAviv, Israel’s top documentary festival, has finalized the selection for its 17th edition (May 7-16).

With a solid reputation to defend, the festival will kick off with Laura Poitras’ Academy Award winner Citizenfour, whose theme, the onging Edward Snowden saga, fits one of the festival’s main concerns - “(un)Free World”.

Some 13 Israeli films have been selected to compete in the Docaviv Isreali Film Competition.

A total 11 world premieres are competing for The Sarah and Michael Sela Prize

The $18,000 (Nis 70,000) award is the largest prize for documentary filmmaking offered anywhere in Israel.

Some 75 Israeli films have been submitted to the Israeli competition. Well known names among the contenders include: Reuven Brodsky with 7 Days in St. Petersburg, whose previous film Home Movie has won the 2012 Docaviv competition, Avigail Sperber produced Girsa De’Yankuta by Noa Roth, Censored Voices by Mor Loushy which premiered in Sundance and Twilight of a Life, which »

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Dancing in Jaffa review – documentary waltzes and tangoes for peace

12 February 2015 1:45 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hilla Medalia captures ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine as he uses fancy footwork to bring together Palestinian and Jewish children

Hilla Medalia’s modest, watchable documentary is about Pierre Dulaine, a ballroom dancer and teacher whose work with underprivileged New York schoolchildren was the inspiration for a fiction feature, Take the Lead (2006) starring Antonio Banderas as Pierre. This film is about Dulaine’s return to Jaffa, the city of his birth, and his attempt to set up a new school dance programme to get Jewish and Palestinian children to come together for the first time in their lives, and partner up for waltzes, tangoes and rumbas – a kind of Strictly Come Dancing-style kids’ version of Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. It’s a nice idea, and there is something touching and important in showing how the boys and girls are – of course – so shy and giggly with each other at first. »

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Film Review: 'Dancing in Jaffa'

11 February 2015 7:25 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ Using the optimistic innocence of children, Dancing in Jaffa (2013) succeeds in exploring the effect of explosive racial tensions in Israel between Jewish and Arabic peoples. This is done through the camaraderie developed by Israeli-Palestinians and Israeli- Jewish children as they are forced to learn ballroom dancing with one another by a world-renowned performer. Hilla Medalia's documentary follows Pierre Dulaine, a four time word champion ballroom dancer who returns to his hometown of Jaffa, Israel with a goal to not only teach young boys and girls the art of dance, but the loftier aim of helping to unite a divided city.


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