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Joshua Reviews Avishai Sivan’s Tikkun [Theatrical Review]

10 June 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Saying something is “like a David Lynch film” or calling something “Lynchian” is often not only lazy and cliche but also in many ways meaningless. When you have people calling films ranging from Alejandro Amenabar Open Your Eyes to Southland Tales as “Lynchian,” the descriptor not only loses much of its meaning but also becomes amorphous in a way that Lynch’s films absolutely are not.

But then there is a film like Tikkun. A hit on the festival circuit with runs at festivals ranging from Locarno to New Directors/New Films, this film comes from director Avishai Sivan and while it lacks the humor and energy of Lynch’s best work it owes a great deal aesthetically to the legendary wild-haired auteur.

Tikkun introduces us to Haim-Aaron, a son of an incredibly religious butcher. Haim-Aaron himself being a Yeshiva student, his own battle with faith is the center of »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Review: In Tikkun, Israeli Director Avishai Sivan Creates An Atmospheric Netherworld

9 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Shot beautifully in black and white, Israeli artist and filmmaker Avishai Sivan's Tikkun tells a story about a young orthodox Jewish man, embodied astonishingly here by first time actor Aharon Traitel, slowly losing his faith after a near-death experience. With impressionistic visuals, Sivan paints nighttime Jerusalem as a Lynch-ian netherworld, shrouded in fog, where past and present exist side by side. The result is a hallucinatory tale of urban alienation, invoking the films of Antonioni. Haim-Aaron (Traitel) is a devout Yeshiva student, seen praying and fasting in the begining. He is not a talkative type and keeps things to himself. His father (Kalifa Natour) is a hard working kosher butcher. Bad plumbing in their cramped apartment causes Haim-Aaron to fall and suffer cardiac arrest while...

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Interview: Israeli Director Avishai Sivan Talks Tikkun

9 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Set in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem, Tikkun gives a unique glimpse into a highly reclusive world where tradition and religion dominate private lives. With its haunting imagery and thought provoking subject matter, Tikkun left me a lasting impression long after I left the theater. I had a chance to talk briefly with its fiercely cerebral director Avishai Sivan when he was in town for the New Directors/New Films series in March. TwitchFilm: There seems to be a theme going on here, with your first feature Wanderer and Tikkun, both featuring the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem. Is this because of your background? What’s your fascination with the community? Avishai Sivan: It’s not my background. But I am interested in those communities, I think,...

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'Dogs', 'Tikkun', 'Sparrows' triumph in Transilvania

6 June 2016 5:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gallery: Pictures from the closing night and awards ceremony of the 15th Transilvania film festival; festival hands out industry development prizes.

Romanian director Bogdan Mirică’s feature debut Dogs (Câini) was the winner of the Transilvania Trophy at the 15th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (Tiff) which came to a close yesterday (June 5).

The thriller about a young man from the big city coming to a remote village to sell the land he inherited from his grandfather had its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes last month and is being handled internationally by Bac Films International.

The co-production between Marcela Ursu’s 42 Km Film, French producer Elie Meirovitz’s Ez Films and Bulgaria’s Stephan Komanderev’s Argo Film is the fourth Romanian film to win the top prize in Cluj-Napoca after Cristian Mungiu’s Occident at the first edition of Tiff in 2002, followed by two films by Corneliu Porumboiu (12:08 East »

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New Directors/New Films 2016

17 March 2016 7:56 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

BehemothAs more prominent film festivals gear up for spring, a smaller though by no means slighter affair begins in New York. New Directors/New Films, curated by Museum of the Modern Art and Film Society of Lincoln Center, unfurls its carefully considered program of 27 features and 10 shorts, with its premise and draw on emerging voices in cinema. Indeed, the festival may very well be a last stop for filmmakers on the rise before they are introduced to wider audiences. Nd/Nf has brought us in the recent past Fort Buchanan and Diary of a Teenage Girl, and longer ago films by Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Chantal Akerman. Most of this year’s selection has premiered at festivals, many have been covered by this very site, and all are compelling. Here are several highlights.***With a narrative rooted loosely on Dante’s Divine Comedy, Zhao Liang’s documentary Behemoth depicts the »

- Elissa Suh

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