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'The Gatekeepers' TV Series Will Screen at the 2013 Other Israel Film Festival

29 October 2013 6:22 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Following in a recent film fest trend, the 7th Annual Other Israel Film Festival has announced that it will include the North American premiere of "The Gatekeepers," the five-hour Israeli television series on which Dror Moreh's Oscar-nominated 2012 documentary of the same name. Like the film, Moreh's series follows six former directors of the Israeli Secret Service Agency, who look back on their decisions. Moreh will introduce the screening of an episode of the series on November 16th, and will participate in a conversation about it afterward. This is the seventh iteration of the Other Israel Film Festival, which is presented by the Jcc in Manhattan, and will also include a storytelling event from The Moth on the topic of being "a fish out of water," a screenplay reading of soon-to-be-produced Israeli film "Here Comes the Sun," and seven U.S. and six New York premieres of films by and »

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'The Gatekeepers' TV Series Will Screen at the 2013 Other Israel Film Festival

29 October 2013 6:22 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Following in a recent film fest trend, the 7th Annual Other Israel Film Festival has announced that it will include the North American premiere of "The Gatekeepers," the five-hour Israeli television series on which Dror Moreh's Oscar-nominated 2012 documentary of the same name. Like the film, Moreh's series follows six former directors of the Israeli Secret Service Agency, who look back on their decisions. Moreh will introduce the screening of an episode of the series on November 16th, and will participate in a conversation about it afterward. This is the seventh iteration of the Other Israel Film Festival, which is presented by the Jcc in Manhattan, and will also include a storytelling event from The Moth on the topic of being "a fish out of water," a screenplay reading of soon-to-be-produced Israeli film "Here Comes the Sun," and seven U.S. and six New York premieres of films by and »

- Alison Willmore

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NY's Other Israel Film Festival Announces North American Premiere of 'The Gatekeepers' TV Series

28 October 2013 11:38 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The 7th annual Other Israel Film Festival (Oiff), running November 14-21 in Manhattan, announced today that this year’s fest has nabbed the North American premiere of Dror Moreh’s new television series, "The Gatekeepers," expanded from the director's eponymous Oscar-nominated 2012 documentary on the chillingly complex world of the Israeli Secret Service.  Moreh will attend the premiere to speak to audiences after the screening.  Other guests and presenters at this year’s festival include "60 Minutes" host Bob Simon; Daily Beast columnist Peter Beinart, and Oscar- winning filmmaker Michael Moore.Our Toh! interview with Moreh out of the 2012 Telluride Film Festival is here. »

- Beth Hanna

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France selects Renoir for Oscars

16 September 2013 7:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Picture sold by Wild Bunch has enjoyed healthy international career, drawing 3 million cinemagoers worldwide.

Gilles Bourdos’ Renoir, revolving around the impressionist artist’s obsession with a young model who re-fired his passion for painting as an old man, has been selected as France’s 2014 Foreign Language Oscar candidate.

Based on the true story of the relationship between Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Andrée Heuschling, the sumptuously shot picture unfolds against the backdrop of the artist’s estate in the South of France during World War Two.

Heuschling would marry Renoir’s son, the film director Jean Renoir, appearing in a number of his early silent films but the picture mainly focuses on how the beautiful young woman enraptured the elderly artist.

The film, which premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2012, sold some 500,000 tickets at home and another 3 million internationally. It grossed more than $2m in the Us making it one of the most successful foreign language films there this »

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Aussie-directed documentary makes headlines in Venice

4 September 2013 3:13 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

A scene from Ukraine is Not a Brothel..

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Ukraine is Not a Brothel, Australian director Kitty Green.s debut documentary on the country.s topless feminist movement Femen, caused a stir at its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

The reason: the doco reveals the group was founded by a man, Victor Svyatski, who left the collective a year ago.

Founded in 2008, Femen.s members have destroyed Ukrainian Orthodox crucifixes and staged nude stunts targeting political and religious figures including Silvio Berlusconi and Vladimir Putin, protesting against sexism, discrimination and authoritarianism.

Green, who is 28, first read about Femen in a discarded tabloid newspaper during a trip to her grandmother.s native Ukraine. She was intrigued by the caption .Topless Feminists. and decided to spend year sharing a two-bedroom flat in Kiev with five Femen activists, filming protests and getting arrested with them. At one point she was abducted by »

- Don Groves

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Cinephil Takes ‘Ukraine Is Not a Brothel’

28 August 2013 3:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Venice – “Ukraine Is Not a Brothel,” a docu-feature from Australian Kitty Green which lifts the lid on Ukraine’s seemingly bizarre bare-breast feminist movement, has been acquired for international distribution by Tel Aviv’s Cinephil days before its premiere at Venice.

Emerging from 2008, Ukrainian women’s movement Femen has become a tabloid press sensation, largely thanks to its strategy of staging incidents and supposed provocations, such as parading topless activists.

Its protests run from anywhere from sexual harassment at universities to prostitution and brides-for sale schemes in Ukraine, to the general forces of patriarchy still predominant in the eastern bloc.

For her debut feature, Green spent a year living with five Femen activists in a cramped two-bedroom apartment. She was arrested shooting their protests.

“The truth behind Ukraine’s topless feminist movement has yet to be revealed in any of the thousands of press articles about Femen,” Green said.

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DVD Review: 'Gatekeepers'

13 August 2013 12:34 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ Dror Moreh's Oscar-nominated debut is one of the best documentaries to emerge so far this year. Presenting a troubling vision of Israeli counter-terrorism, The Gatekeepers (2013) excels in its political rigour and clear-eyed pessimism. The film's chief coup lies not only in getting the men who headed Israel's intelligence operations for the second half of the twentieth century to speak, but to do so with such candour and honesty. By challenging his subjects on their reticence or moral culpability, Moreh intelligently manages to strike an admirably fair-minded tone despite the absence of dissenting voices among the subjects.

The Gatekeepers is essentially constructed entirely around in-depth interviews with six former heads of Shin Bet, a secretive counter-terrorism agency set up in 1949 by the government of David Ben-Gurion. Answering directly to the prime minister, they are separate from Israel's military forces and political establishment, a status which provides them with sufficient independence to conduct clandestine operations, »

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DVD Review - The Gatekeepers (2012)

12 August 2013 8:53 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Gatekeepers, 2012.

Directed by Dror Moreh.

Starring Carmi Gillon, Yaakov Peri, Yuval Diskin, Avi Dichter, Ami Ayalon and Avraham Shalom.

Synopsis:

A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets.

Having little context offered to begin with, The Gatekeepers begins like each and every HBO show - plotting you right into events with little information, with instructions to follow everything attentively. As difficult as this is, it soon eases off as facts and opinions are introduced and explored regularly. Whatever you know or do not know about the history of the Israel/Palestinian conflict, director Dror Moreh unravels the ins and outs of it all to give you an incredibly informed overview of it. 

Using the basic documentary format of talking head interviews and footage to form your linear structure, The Gatekeepers is not »

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The Gatekeepers DVD Review

11 August 2013 1:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Dror Moreh Starring: Ami Ayalon, Avi Dichter, Yuval Diskin, Carmi Gillon, Yaakov Peri and Avraham Shalom. Running time: 101 minutes Droh Moreh’s The Gatekeepers is a powerful film about the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal intelligence agency. Moreh aims to give some perspective on one of the most controversial political situations in modern times, and interviews the six ex-heads of the agency who analyse their decisions doing one of the hardest jobs in the world. The men are brutally, if not shockingly honest. Their time periods span from the beginning of the sixties, where we can see how the focus of the agency was to attack, and how this mentality gradually changed over time when facing war, kidnappings, bombings and assassinations. They are level-headed, and speak with heavy hearts. They take responsibility for their actions, and acknowledged that not always the right decisions were made. The eldest interviewee, Avraham Shalom, »

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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

10 August 2013 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Place Beyond the Pines; Passion; Evil Dead; Spring Breakers; The Gatekeepers

After the affectingly low-key musings of Blue Valentine, director and co-writer Derek Cianfrance reunites with Ryan Gosling for a sprawling quasi-epic tale that combines the vérité observational feel of its predecessor with the sweeping pan-generational structure of a Greek tragedy.

In The Place Beyond the Pines (2012, StudioCanal, 15), Gosling plays a hot-headed stunt rider who discovers that he has fathered a child for whom he determines to provide, by fair means or foul. Turning to robbery, his path crosses with that of Bradley Cooper's lawman, who in turn takes up the narrative thread – until the sins of the fathers come to be revisited upon their respective sons. Those seduced by the dreamy intimacy of Sean Bobbitt's cinematography may find the third act contrived, as realism gives way to archetype, but the performances remain utterly believable throughout. Eva Mendes »

- Mark Kermode

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Giveaway - Win The Gatekeepers on DVD

4 August 2013 4:48 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Director Dror Moreh’s Academy Award nominated documentary The Gatekeepers comes to DVD here in the UK on August 12th, and to celebrate we have three copies to give away to our readers courtesy of the fine folk at Metrodome.

Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the competition...

Combining in-depth interviews with archival footage and computer animation, The Gatekeepers tells the revealing personal accounts of six former heads of the Shin Bet, some of whom are now outspoken opponents of Netanyahu’s policies. They each shed light on the controversy surrounding the Occupation in the aftermath of the Six Day War in 1967, their counter-terrorism campaigns and the on-going Israeli-Palestine conflict. They speak publicly about the morality of torture and terrorism, arrests and assassinations and the moral dilemmas they were faced with on a daily basis. Revealing both their successes and failures, this is unprecedented, candid story-telling at its very best. »

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Blu-ray Review: Powerful ‘The Gatekeepers’ Dissects History From Within

17 July 2013 10:04 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Dror Moreh’s “The Gatekeepers” stands among the best documentaries of the last several years, warranting comparison to the film that its director admits most inspired its existence, Errol Morris’ amazing “The Fog of War.” They’re both must-sees and Morris’ film dissects the American approach to warfare over the last century and Moreh’s serves as a fascinating and powerful Israeli counterpart.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Six former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli equivalent of the CIA, detail their times in charge of one of the most important organizations in the world over a period of time in which approachs to terrorism in the Middle East were changing on a nearly day to day basis. The formation of Shin Bet served a much different purpose than how the organization was forced to operate when the press became involved or when it entered the period in which assassination of the country »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Sarajevo names doc, Kinoscope titles

17 July 2013 6:06 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sarajevo Film Festival’s documentary competition will include seven world premieres. Non-competitive sidebar Kinoscope will feature 17 films.Scroll down for full lists

The documentary competition at the the 19th Sarajevo Film Festival is to include 20 shorts and features, with seven world premieres and four international debuts.

World premieres include Escape by Serbian director Srdjan Keča, whose previous film Mirage won the Best Central and East European Documentary Award at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival and Best Short Documentary award at London Short Film Festival; and A Slave by Bosnia’s Pjer Žalica, best known for fiction films Fuse and Days And Hours.

International premieres include Marta Popivoda’s Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body, which screened in Berlinale’s Forum Expanded section; and Here… I Mean There by Laura Capatana-Juller, winner of the Romanian Days Award For Feature Film at the Transylvania International Film Festival.

Among regional premieres, there are three »

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New DVD Blu-ray: 'Spring Breakers, 'The Jerk,' 'The Gatekeepers'

9 July 2013 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"Spring Breakers"

What's It About? Four small-town college girls (Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine) want to -- no, need to -- go on spring break in Miami. They rob to party, they party and get arrested, and they make bail only to land in the hands of a ghetto-talking local white drug lord (a remarkable James Franco).

Why We're In: Harmony Korine excellently captures college girl culture and youth's craving for chaos in "Spring Breakers" with the right mix of satire, humor, and authenticity. "Spring Breakers" is genius for putting the audience on trial, making you unsure whether to laugh or not as you uncomfortably watch the ludicrousness unravel. If you own this on DVD/Blu-ray you too can have, in the words of James Franco's Alien, "spring break fo-eva."

Watch an Exclusive Scene from the "Spring Breakers" Blu-ray

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- Erin Whitney

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The Gatekeepers Blu-Ray Review

8 July 2013 9:46 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Shin Bet, the Israeli Secret Service, are charged with overseeing Israel’s war on terror. Their activity and membership are regarded as state secrets. Those who have headed the agency have never before spoken of the controversial events of the last few decades, that is, until now. Filmmaker Dror Moreh dared to do what others have not by sitting down with six former heads of the organization and discussing their actions during the war between Israel and Palestine in his latest documentary The Gatekeepers. What they have to say can be shocking at times, but their insights are equally mesmerizing.

The documentary primarily deals with how the Shin Bet reacted to certain acts of terrorism, but it begins with an event that Moreh felt was an appropriate starting point. In 1967, the Six-Day War between Israel and Palestine resulted in an occupation of the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem, and other lands by Israel. »

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Dror Moreh interview about The Gatekeepers

13 June 2013 5:42 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Dror Moreh's Oscar-nominated documentary The Gatekeepers plays at both Seret and Sheffield Doc/Fest this week. The film uses the direct testimony of the six living former heads of Israel's secret service Shin Bet - Ami Ayalon, Avi Dichter, Yuval Diskin, Carmi Gillon, Yaakov Peri and Avraham Shalom - to explore the men's views on the ongoing conflict between their country and the Palestinians. The men, despite their differences, speak in one voice on that issue at least, arguing that dialogue and a two-state solution are the only constructive way forward.

Catching up with Moreh over the phone this week, we talk about the difficulties of interrogating men who have built their careers on asking questions rather than answering them.

"Of course, I was very, very nervous in the beginning but it was a few interviews with each one. The more you know them »

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Gatekeepers

14 May 2013 11:51 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 9, 2013

Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Secrets behind the Middle East conflict between Isreal and Palestine are exposed in the documentary movie The Gatekeepers.

Directed by Dror Moreh (Sharon), the film features interviews with six former heads of Shin Bet, Isreal’s secret service. The head of Shin Bet is charged with overseeing Isreal’s war on terror, both Palestinian and Jewish, and The Gatekeepers examines their successes and failures.

Ultimately, the movie explains the reasons that each man individually and all six as a group have come to reconsider their previous hard-line positions and advocate for a more conciliatory approach toward their enemies based on a two-state solution.

Rated PG-13, for violent content and disturbing images, the 97-minute movie was awarded Best Documentary by the Los Angeles Film Critics and was an official 2012 sellection of the Telluride, Toronto, New York and Venice film festivals. »

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Film-maker captures Israeli spy chiefs' doubts over covert killing operations

13 April 2013 4:08 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Director rejects charge that Oscar-nominated secret services documentary is one-sided

By the time Dror Moreh had finished filming more than 70 hours of interviews with six former chiefs of Israel's shadowy Shin Bet secret service agency, the director knew he had "dynamite in my hands".

The result, The Gatekeepers, a 97-minute documentary which has just opened in the UK, is indeed explosive. The Oscar-nominated film has played to packed audiences in Israel, many of whom emerged stunned at what they had seen and heard.

"I thought if I could manage to get all [six] to speak openly about their experience in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it will create a shockwave," Moreh told the Observer. "I was right – it created a huge storm."

The recollections and reflections of the former chiefs weave a riveting narrative of Shin Bet's activities throughout Israel's 46-year occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. But the punch comes from their conclusions. »

- Harriet Sherwood

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The Gatekeepers – review

13 April 2013 4:03 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Dror Moreh's first-rate film has rightly been compared with The Fog of War, Errol Morris's revealing documentary on Us secretary of defence Robert S McNamara. His austere The Gatekeepers briefly intersperses newsreel material among the expressive talking heads of six former chiefs of Shin Bet, Israel's internal security agency, the equivalent of our MI5. It's less well known than the Mossad, the Israeli equivalent of MI6, but since the six-day war of 1967 Shin Bet has been altogether more influential, as it has had the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to control.

The sextet talk with admirable frankness about their successes and failures over the past 45 years in a war against terrorism, where there has been "no strategy, only tactics". "Forget about morality," one of them says. But that's only a short-term policy in a seemingly hopeless conflict where the intransigence of both sides and the increasing pig-headedness »

- Philip French

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This week's new films

12 April 2013 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Place Beyond The Pines | Oblivion | Simon Killer | The Gatekeepers | Flying Blind | Scary Movie 5 | Bafta Shorts 2013 | First Position | Theorem | Nautanki Saala!

The Place Beyond The Pines (15)

(Derek Cianfrance, 2012, Us) Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper. 141 mins

Fans might be disappointed to hear it, but this has bigger ambitions than just drooling over Ryan Gosling. His criminal stunt-biker is merely one part of a weighty cross-generational triptych: a study of fathers, sons, sins and justice that seeks a place beyond standard storytelling structure, even if there's not quite enough meat on the bones, especially of the Gosling variety.

Oblivion (12A)

(Joseph Kosinski, 2013, Us) Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko. 125 mins

Cruise is in his familiar anchorman role for this big-budget sci-fi, set on a devastated future Earth where all is not what it seems with his drone repairman's job. It's potentially a Philip K Dick-style thriller, though the lack of advance screenings is a danger sign. »

- Steve Rose

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