(Clockwise from top left) In Atara Frish’s The Love Letter, an IDF commander receives a mysterious love letter from one of her female soldiers that makes her to feel torn between sticking to military discipline and her yearning to feel, if only for a moment, loved. In Tamir Elterman’s Spring Chicken, three-time champion of her retirement home's annual Purim costume contest, 95-year-old Holocaust survivor Anny Junek hatches a plan for a fourth win. Daniella Koffler and Uli Seis’ Compartments animates the story of a young woman, the Israeli child of Holocaust survivors, who moves to Berlin and the conversations she has with her father about the experience. In Oran Zegman’s Rebel, a woman’s decision to divorce her abusive husband, defying fiercely conservative social constraints of her Greek community in South Tel Aviv in the 1950s, forces her to pay the ultimate price for freedom. Lastly, Tal Nesher’s Albi and Alma tells the cautionary tale of a straight young woman (Joy Rieger of Past Life) and her gay male friend who go out on the town searching for true love and run into Mr. Wrong.
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