Israeli film poster for ‘God’s Neighbors.’
The Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival presents “The Chosen – A Mini Festival of New Israeli Cinema.” The Festival showcases some of the best of Israeli cinema today with award winning films from festivals such as Cannes, Tribeca and Toronto. The event includes four films over eight days, special events and more. There will be an exclusive Skype interviews and in-person appearances by special guests for this “first of its kind” event.
Israeli films have gained international stature in recent years, garnering awards at prestigious film festivals and regularly appearing on “critic’s pick” lists. The selections are a diverse mix of thought provoking yet entertaining films that transcend politics to provide a picture of Israel as Israel sees itself.
Ticket can be purchased in advance at $40 for all four films or $12 per ticket ($10 for students) at http://www.santafejff.org/tickets/. Tickets are $15 at the door. More special events and information can be found at http://www.santafejff.org/2013-2014-season/the-chosen-a-mini-festival-of-new-israeli-cinema/ .
- 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at The Screen (1600 St. Michael’s Dr., Santa Fe): Cannes Film Festival Award Winner “God’s Neighbors” is a story of violence in the name of religion and a personal journey of faith. A Skype interview with Cannes award winning director, Meni Yaesh, follows the screening.
- 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) (1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe): Israeli Academy Award Winner, “The Matchmaker,” is a coming-of-age story that causes us to take a look at how we treat those on the fringe. Meet Israeli actor Eyal Shechter, in person.
- 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at CCA (1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe): Tribeca Film Festival winner, Tribeca Film Festival winner, “Room 514″ is a story in which young soldiers discover that good and evil, black and white, don’t exist. With special guest from Israel,Chen Rahamim, a former member of the Israel Defense Force’s Special Forces unit who continues to serve as a reservist. Rahamim regularly speaks to Jewish and Christian visitors about Israeli history, culture and geography as well as his experiences with the IDF.
- 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 at CCA (1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe): Winner of the Israeli Academy Award for Best Documentary, “Life in Stills” is a story of grandmother and grandson facing the demolition of Israel’s iconic “Photo House.” The film is followed by a Skype interview from Israel with film subject, Ben Peter.