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Festival of Israeli Cinema


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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