Israeli Cinema for English Speakers


Multi Award winning Israeli movie The bubble released in 2006

The bubble - released in 2006 received a number of highly respected awards in world cinema

For quality entertainment, venture into one of Tel Aviv’s  airconditioned cinemas, Israeli movies are fantastic! 

There is nothing more blissful than waking up to another sunny day in paradise, its heaven. Though truth is, in a glorious mediteranian summer in Israel, there are also moments  when escaping the heat is a priority on all our minds.

For these occassions as well as the balmy evenings when you simply feel like a light meal and an easy night, the cinema is the perfect solution. 

Recently, Tel Aviv cinemas have begun providing english sub titles with many israeli movie screenings allowing non hebrew speakers to join locals, relax in  the airconditioning and enjoy the quality entertainment on offer.

Israeli cinema is wonderful.  Brilliant actually, in my opinion. Talented script writers, directors, actors and actresses bring the uniqueness of Israeli life to the big screen with style, passion and a sense of realism thats rarely experienced with hollywood flicks.

Whether a new resident, visiting business man/woman or tourist, the cinema experience not only provides an hour of great entertainment its a gentle unintimidating way to connect with the local community and experience Israel and its people from a different perspective, a more subtle level. 

The Bands Visit  - released to the big screen in 2007 won world wide acclaim

The Bands Visit - released to the big screen in 2007 won world wide acclaim and a number of international cinema awards

 The insights available are truly incredible. While its common knowledge the majority of the populaton are connected by religious heritage, lesser known are the vast differences of cultures within this united whole.  

Israel is one huge and deliciously interesting melting pot of characters from every corner of the world. The moroccans, russians, ethiopians, polish, georgians, argentinians (just to name a few) are all little sub communities within the nation. 

Each with their own deeply loved traditions, habits and ways of being, doing, living, eating, making music and even dancing, they create a unique identity for themselves within the greater community and for the past 60 years they have together, been building a nation that respects and honours all, enabling co existence with dignity and joy. 

Its not the easiest of tasks. Many challenges have and continue to, present themselves along the way and cinema is a way these are expressed and shared.  It could take years of living in Israel to distinguish the many different sub communities, however, cinema in many senses, offers a fast track. 

Turn Left At The End Of The World released 2005 also won the hearts of international movie critics winning numerous international cinema awards

Turn Left At The End Of The World released 2005 also won the hearts of international movie critics winning numerous international cinema awards

Local movie story lines, sometimes heartbreakingly serious other times absolutely hilarious, but always creatively expressed, often revolve around community issues. Offering thought provoking messages, they are a fantastic way to begin to grasp the challenges faced by this young nation.

The Israeli’s are magificent movie makers. Brilliant at depicting the characters of their nation, their ability to both laugh at themselves and lovingly accept the unique differences of the sub communities are qualities that transform beautifully into movie scripts. 

Vibant, colourful and very real, proud fiery moroccans, loveable yet meddlesome polish mothers, penny pinching persians and ostentatious Arse-im are just a few characters portrayed on the big screen over the years.   

Israeli cinema is a way to connect to the people, the families, the tragedies, the unique israeli characteristics and indeed the very heart and soul of the people of the holy land.

Treat yourself. Its Highy Reccomended!

 Click here to find a Tel Aviv Cinema near you.  Give them a call to confirm when there is an english sub title screening. There are numerous cinemas in Tel Aviv and all are accessible.

For more information on Israel visit www.aguide2israel.com

Until next time

Be healthy be happy

loving tel aviv

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