During the 2018 Festival, we presented a special program of short films by and about women and called it Israeli Women in Shorts. Turn-about is fair play, as this year, we bring you some of the very best live-action shorts, all made by accomplished male Israeli directors during the last 12 months. Three are humorous, one—Guy Nattiv’s Academy Award-winning Skin (now a major motion picture)—is shocking, but all are extremely memorable. A Wish and a Half is about the lengths two fisherman—one Israeli, one Palestinian—will go to be polite. Across the Line follows a clunker-driving religious settler with a mechanical Palestinian hitchhiker, who happens to be a mechanic, on their unexpected journey through the West Bank. Sirens is a comedy of errors—a young couple’s attempts to conceive despite constant air raids in Tel Aviv. Skin is the tale of a white supremacist who gets his come-uppance.
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.