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25th Israeli Film Festival



Celebrating the 25years of Israeli films in Singapore, the Embassy of Israel proudly presents free screenings of 4 classic films at The Arts House.

Immerse yourself in these classic award-winning films from 8 - 10 September 2017.  These films will take you on a walk down memory lane with interesting glimpses of the early Israeli culture and society.

Because of limited seating (75 seats only), seats will be on a strictly first-come-first served basis.

Showtime: 8 Sep, Fri | 8pm


Desperado Square Poster

Director: Benny Toraty I Cast: Joseph Shiloach, Yona Elian, Mohammad Bakri I Language: Hebrew with English subtitles I Duration: 95 mins I Year: 2001 I Genre: Drama I Rating PG 13 (Brief coarse language)

A year after the death of Morris Mendevon, his son Nissim has a strange dream. In the dream, his father appears and orders him to re-open the old neighborhood cinema he had shut down twenty five years before his death. On that very day Avram Medevon, Morris' brother, returns to the neighborhood after an absence of many years. The Mendevon sons decide to screen the famous Indian film "Sangam" which used to be an old time neighborhood hit. Their mother Seniora does not approve of the screening, but they insist.

While searching for "Sangam" they find out that Avram Mendevon holds the only copy of the film but he will give it to them on one condition. As the brothers persist with their quest, new family secrets are to be revealed.

ISRAELI FILM ACADEMY - Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Music

Showtime:  9 Sep, Sat | 2.30pm


Seven Days poster select

Directors: Ronit & Shlomi Elkabetz I Cast: Ronit Elkabetz, Albert Iluz, Yael Abecassis, Simon Abkarian, Hana Laszlo, Moshe Ivgy  I Language: Arabic, French, Hebrew with English subtitles I Duration: 105 mins I Year: 2008 I Genre: Drama I Rating PG13 (Brief Coarse Language)

It is 1991 in the midst of the first Gulf War and Israel is under daily missile attacks. But in the Ohayon family, tragedy has struck in more routine settings as beloved Maurice, one of nine brothers and sisters, has suddenly died.  The family gathers for the Jewish tradition of mourning for seven days (Shiva) in which they are not allowed to leave the house.  The intensity of this situation is a catalyst for more than just emotional support and communal grief.  Jealousy, gossip, long term rivalry and financial problems come to the fore, as each of the siblings is faced with his frustrated ambitions.

  • ISRAELI FILM ACADEMY - Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography
  • JERUSALEM FILM FESTIVAL -  Best Feature Film, Best Actor 

Showtime: 9 Sep, Sat | 5pm


Afula Express Poster

Directors: Julie Shles I  Cast: Zvika Hadar, Esti Zakheim, Aryeh Moskona I Language: Hebrew, English with English subtitles I Duration: 95 mins I Year: 1997 I Genre: Comedy, Romance I Rating M18 (Sexual Scene)  

Tired of his hardscrabble life as an electrician in Tel Aviv, David decides to pursue his lifelong dream of making it as a magician. His girlfriend, Batya (Esti Zackheim), is tired of his irresponsibility and moves back to their hometown. David, however, focuses on his aspirations and eventually does make a mark on the magic world. However, just as he achieves his ambitions, he begins to rethink his priorities and decides to try to win back Batya.

  • ISRAELI FILM ACADEMY - Best Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Music
  • JERUSALEM FILM FESTIVAL - Best Israeli Feature Film

Showtime: 10 Sep, Sun | 2.30pm


Cup Final Poster

Director: Eran Riklis I Cast: Moshe Ivgy, Mohammed Bakri I Language: Arabic, English, Hebrew with English subtitles I Duration: 105 mins I Year: 1991 I Genre: Drama I Rating M18 (Some Nudity & Violence)

Cohen, a soldier in the Israeli army, is thrilled to have tickets to soccer’s greatest event – the world Cup Final – but when Israel invades Lebanon, he’s forced to stay on military duty in the desert. And if that’s not bad enough, some Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) soldiers on their way back to Beirut take him prisoner.

Then the PLO leader turns out to be a fan of Cohen’s favorite team! Ironically, the two enemies are stuck in the middle of a war in the Middle East, when they’d both rather be at the championship supporting the same players.

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