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Festival of Israeli Cinema

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Presented by the Consulate General of Israel, this daylong program of Israeli features takes place Sunday, November 20, at the Highland Park Theatre, 445 Central, Highland Park. Tickets are $9, $45 for a package of six; all films are in Hebrew with subtitles. For more information call 312-297-4808 or 312-297-4803.

Reviewing Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (2003, 94 min.), Andrea Gronvall wrote, "Writer-director Shemi Zarhin seems to understand how a gifted and sensitive child might neglect his own needs to hold together a dysfunctional family; his title character, a brilliant Tel Aviv teen, is mistakenly classified as mentally challenged because his parents are too busy fighting to get him tested. This comedy is undermined by labored meet-cutes between Shlomi and a neighbor (Aya Koren of Yossi & Jagger), though Arieh Elias (James' Journey to Jerusalem) steals a few scenes as the hero's grandfather, who may be addled but still knows the score" (1:15 PM).

Director Eliezer Shapiro will appear in person to screen and discuss two of his short films, Eicha and The Last Scene (3:15 PM). Also in the festival are Dina Zvi-Riklis's children's drama The Witch From Melchet Street, about a young boy in 1980s Tel Aviv who befriends an elderly witch (11:45 AM); Dan Verete's 2004 comedy Metallic Blues, in which two Israeli car salesmen drive to Germany in a 1985 Lincoln Continental (5:45 PM); Eitan Anner's romance Riki Riki, about an engaged couple dealing with infidelity as their wedding approaches (7:45 PM); and Avi Mussel's 2004 TV drama Maktoub, in which an Israeli police officer ponders not only a murder but the religious beliefs of the Druze sect (9:30 PM).

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