Big Ideas for the Small Screen: The Golden Age of Israeli Television

The ideas and talent behind Israeli television have never had more of a global reach. Israeli hit Hatufim became Showtime's Homeland. B’Tipul became HBO's In Treatment. Fauda was purchased by Netflix and is now produced as a Netflix Original Series. And K’vodo (Your Honor), shown this year at the Festival on Oct. 20 and 27, is currently being adapted for the U.S. market by CBS. In this very special Spertus program, we present episodes of two new Israeli dramedies, On the Spectrum (winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Series Mania in Lille, France), about fictional 20-something roommates, all on the autistic spectrum, as they learn to cope with the world around them, and Significant Other (Kacha Zeh), also a Series Mania Grand Prize winner, about a recently divorced 50-ish man and his single neighbor, who embark on a hesitant, obstacle-filled relationship.

  • 90 minutes
  • After the screening, a panel of masterful industry insiders assemble on stage to discuss the secret sauce of Israeli series success. Hear former HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo; Significant Other co-creator, writer, and lead actor Dana Modan; K’vodo co-creator and writer Shlomo Mashiach; and University of Chicago visual anthropologist Dr. Michael Fisch, moderated by Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema Executive Director Cindy Stern.
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About Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema

Welcome to the largest Big Tent community showcase of Israeli features, docs and TV series--made in Israel and/or by Israelis in the past 12 months--in the Midwest! You’ll take a deep dive beyond the headlines. See Chicago Premieres of some of the most talented and internationally award-winning directors, actors and other artists working today as they share their multicultural perspectives. And have unprecedented opportunities to dialog, laugh, cry, party and otherwise interact in person with cinephiles of all backgrounds. We look forward to seeing you again, or meeting you for the first time, soon.