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A female film festival in memory of the founder of the Jerusalem Cinematheque, Lia van Leer

Conversation with the director and protagonist

My Sister is a Bride

Dir.: Shoshi Altmann
| 35 minutes

Sari is a 27-year-old Haredi woman from Bnei Brak. She is also still single. The film follows Sari during the matchmaking period, from offers to meetings. As social pressures mount, we will learn of her personal feelings towards the process and the prospect of getting married. 

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Dir.: Alexandra Dean
| 90 minutes

Hedy Lamarr was not only a Hollywood star, she was also a freak for innovation who developed a broadcasting system used by the Allies against the Nazis. A documentary portrait of a fascinating woman who did not receive the respect she deserved.  

International Women’s Day in collaboration with WIZO Jerusalem

Greetings and award ceremony / Screening of Dimona Twist, followed by a conversation with director Michal Aviad

Dimona Twist

Dir.: Michal Aviad
| 70 minutes

How would a girl, coming from a large city, feel as she gets off a truck in the dark night with her family, to discover she is in the middle of the desert with only sand surrounding her?

On Body and Soul

Dir.: Ildikó Enyedi
| 116 minutes

The connection between two workers in a slaughterhouse turns out to be of vital significance and of a fantastic dimension, when they discover they share the same dreams. A humane drama that develops into surprising and unusual directions. 

20:00 A panel discussion on marriage and divorce – within the rabbinate or outside of it (in Heb.) / 20:45 preview screening.

Maudie

Dir.: Aisling Walsh
| 115 minutes

Maud Lewis was a self-taught artist who, despite a handicap and with the help of her husband, a hardened and somewhat deformed man himself, became a well renowned artist. “One of the most beautiful and life-affirming and uplifting movies of the year” (Chicago Sun-Times).

Anaarkali of Aarah

Dir.: Avinash Das
| 113 minutes

A musical Bollywood drama that is surprising and fascinating in its feminist approach. Anaarkali is a singer of a musical genre in which the women performers are treated horrendously. When the Vice Chancellor of a prestigious university molests her onstage, Anaarkali goes out to defend her honor 

Women in Egypt Between Tradition, Oppression and Dreams

Speaker (in Heb.): Dr. Iris Fruchter-Ronen 

Bride of the Nile

Dir.: Edouard Mills-Affif
| 63 minutes

Heba is in love with Ahmad, and engaged for about three years. But in the small Nile village where she resides, tradition bears its own power. In this way, she finds herself forced to marry another. The film presents a heartbreaking gaze on the fate of many women in the Arab world.

Screened with live music

Ecaterina Teodoroiu – The Heroine from Jiu

Dir.: Ion Niculescu-Brună
| 44 minutes

Set in the eve of WWI, the movie tells the story of Ecaterina Teodoroiu, who would later become one of the most famous Romanian women of the 20th century, due to the bravery she fought with during battle. 

Death of a Poetess

Dir.: Dana Goldberg, Efrat Mishori
| 77 minutes

The film consists of two parallel axes. Yasmin, a nurse who lives in Jaffa, is interrogated by the police. Lenny Sade, a world-renowned researcher, is passing through the last day of her life. The worlds of these two women meet for a critical moment and bound together inseparably.

Barbara

Dir.: Mathieu Amalric
| 97 minutes

An actress gets the lead role in a biopic about the French singer Barbara. She works on her character, her voice, the songs, gestures, and so on. All is going well. The film director is also working. As he goes through the archives, the music, he falls for the actress.

Let the Sunshine In

Dir.: Claire Denis
| 94 minutes

The story of 50 plus-year-old artist and divorcee Isabelle. Every new relationship is a battle between the desire to surrender and the fear of losing independence. Binoche’s tremendous performance transforms the film into a unique humane experience.

Bride of the Nile

Dir.: Edouard Mills-Affif
| 63 minutes

Heba is in love with Ahmad, and engaged for about three years. But in the small Nile village where she resides, tradition bears its own power. In this way, she finds herself forced to marry another. The film presents a heartbreaking gaze on the fate of many women in the Arab world.

In collaboration with the Jerusalem Filmmakers Guild. Following the screening, Q&A with the filmmakers on domestic violence

Cheer Me Up

Dir.: Mili Ben Hayl, Tamar Shippony
| 75 minutes

Gili dreams of becoming an independent woman. Her husband cannot possibly think of releasing his hold of her. One day Gili starts secretly working.... Cheer Me Up offers a glimpse into the life on a family living in the shadow of domestic violence. 

Memoir of Pain

Dir.: Emmanuel Finkiel
| 126 minutes

Emmanuel Finkiel based this excellent film on Marguerite Duras’s semi-autobiographical texts about the last days of the occupation and the liberation of Paris. Finkiel creates a thoroughly sensual world through cinematography, editing, soundtrack and the extraordinary presence of Mélanie Thierry.