12th Israeli Film Fest opens in Manila
MANILA, Philippines – The12th Israeli Film Festival opened in Greenbelt 3 on Thursday, December 19.
Former Oscar submission "Footnote" opened this year's festival. Released in 2011, the award-winning film explores the troubled relationship between a father and son – Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik – who teach at the Talmud department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. When Eliezer receives a call from a Minister, lauding his work, the father and son's complicated relationship reaches an all-new roadblock.
The film festival's complete schedule is as follows:
Footnote: 2 pm
Meduzot: 4 pm
Things Behind the Sun: 6:30 pm
Restoration: 2 pm
The Band's Visit: 4 pm
Transit: 7 pm
Aside from the strong bonds of friendship between Israel and the Philippines, the Film Festival will touch upon the lives of different cultures and lifestyles in Israel: modern and traditional; Arabs and Jews; religious and secular, among others.
This year's submission of the Philippines to the Oscars will be closing the filmfest on December 21. Transit is a film about an Israeli-born Filipina played by Jasmine Curtis-Smith who is struggling with her cultural identity.
The film dominated this year's Cinemalaya awards in the New Breed category. – Rappler.com