“Southern Film Festival”, the film event of the School of Sound and Screen Arts at Sapir Academic College, will be held at the Sderot Cinematheque from October 17.21. The festival island, which celebrates 20 years of activity, will be able to enjoy a variety of college graduate films, international films at premieres and some of the most prominent Israeli films of the year.
The opening event: a special screening of “Black Notebooks” by Shlomi Alkabetz
Shlomi Alkabetz’s documentary about his late sister Ronit Alkabetz has already excited the audience at the prestigious “Cannes” festival and won the documentary award at the Jerusalem Festival. During the opening event of the “Southern Film Festival” the film will be screened and unveiled to the street in the name of the legendary actress who died after a war with cancer. The film, which is divided into two parts and lasts 208 minutes, consists of intimate video diaries of the brothers who are responsible for the most important trilogy in Israeli cinema. Those who miss the opening event will be able to catch the rerun of the film at 9pm that day.
A tribute to the films of Ari Pullman and a master class with the director
Ari Pullman is not only one of the great directors who came out of Israel, he is also one of the most diverse and unique voices in world cinema. Most of the director’s films will be screened at this year’s festival, including “Holy Clara”, an Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner “Waltz with Bashir”, “Futurists Conference” and his latest film “Where’s Anne Frank”.
In addition, anyone who wants a glimpse into one of Pullman’s early and special works is highly advised to catch the screening of “The Material From Which Love Is Made.” This is a rare five.episode television gem created by Pullman in 2004, combining animation and docu and largely predicting the cinematic direction that Pullman will turn to later in his career.
Pullman will be present at the festival himself and will lead a master class, where he will talk about the professional way and centrality of animation in his cinematic work.
The Israeli films in question of the year
“Let There Be Morning”, Eran Kolirin’s new film, has already provided scandals at both the Cannes Film Festival and the Ophir Awards, where he won the best film award. Those who broadcast this year will be able to see the film, which is based on Said Kashua’s book, before it is distributed commercially in cinemas in the country.
In addition, the films that jointly won the Grand Prize at the Jerusalem Festival, “Someone will love someone” by Hadas Aroya and “Remove worry from your heart” by Tom Shoval, will also be screened as part of the Southern Festival. The festival will close at the closing event with the film “The Swimmer”, for which the actor Omar Perlman won the acting award at the Jerusalem Festival.
Debut films from around the world
You can say that you saw the films of these directors before they were published. As part of the festival, five debut films of the rising names will be screened in international cinema. I personally recommend “The Censor” – a psychological horror film by director Frano Bailey Bond, set in the UK in the 1980s.
The main character sees violent and bloody “Slasher” movies for a living and ranks them and sometimes even outlaws them. The hours of watching the hard material cause her to lose grip on reality and not differentiate between the film and what is happening in real life. A film that is entirely a tribute to the horror films of the 1970s and 1980s, especially the films of Dario Argento and David Cronenberg. Recommended for anyone who has an affection and interest in genre films. We’ll hear more about this director.