Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story AND Tel Aviv LIVE! Double Feature!

Tel Aviv writer and humorist Etgar Keret, the son of Holocaust survivors, is universally embraced for his quirky, charming personality and short tales about the absurdities of everyday life. Dutch filmmakers Stephane Kaas and Rutger Lemm create an appropriately funny, irreverent and creative documentary about him, weaving together animation of his favorite stories, street action and interviews to illuminate what experiences have shaped and made Keret tick. Warm, intimate conversations at home with his wife, Israeli actress/screenwriter/director and children’s book author Shira Geffen, and in cafes with friends like author Jonathan Safran Foer and This American Life’s Ira Glass (above, right) add to the intimacy and sense of place. Get ready to fall in love—with Etgar Keret, his work and his city!

  • Stephane Kaas
  • 67 minutes

  • Several film screenings on Sunday, October 21 and Sunday, October 28 take place simultaneously, in two separate theaters at the ArcLight Cinemas in The Glen, Glenview, so you may not be able to see every film on those days. Please check run times and plan accordingly.
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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.