Tom Shoval

TIFF 2013 | The Wonders (Avi Nesher, Israel)—Contemporary World Cinema

By Tom Shoval / September 11, 2013

By Tom Shoval Avi Nesher (Once I Was, Secrets, Turn Left at the End of the World) is one of the most successful film makers in Israel. Mixing easy-to-digest stories with a classical style and casting well-known Israeli comedians and television figures, Nesher’s formula has proven to be a winning one, at least in terms…

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TIFF 2013 | A Place in Heaven (Yossi Madmoni, Israel)—Contemporary World Cinema

By Tom Shoval / September 11, 2013

By Tom Shoval Shuttling back and forth in time through 40 years in the life of an Israeli general (played by famous Israeli actor Alon Aboutboul), Yossi Madmoni’s epic melodrama (its epicness heightened by Boaz Ben Yacov’s cinematography and Erik Lahav Leibovic’s editing) is trying to “film” the “Israeli soul” during a period of disillusion…

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