The Israel Film Festival concludes on November 14 with repeat screenings of several features at Highland Park Theater. All movies are primarily in Hebrew with subtitles; tickets are $9.25, $6.50 for students, seniors, and children under 12. For more information call 877-966-5566 or visit www.israelfilmfestival.com/iff04.
Work is the problem for the title character of Henry's Dream (2003, 106 min.), a psychological drama directed by Eitan Green about a family man stuck in a low-level film-school job. Menashe Noy plays Henry, a former film pro who walked away from the business after the death of his first wife. The script's deliberate pacing reflects the slow process of healing, as he and a student crew collaborate on a microbudget movie. (11 AM)
The death of the kibbutz movement's socialist dream is at the core of Isaac Zepel Yeshurun's No Longer 17 (2003, 96 min.), a multilayered sequel to his 1982 feature Noa at 17. Onetime fiery individualist Noa (Dalya Shimko) is a middle-aged widow living abroad; when she and her headstrong teenage daughter return to the family kibbutz they get embroiled in a messy conflict as elderly residents are being forced out. (1 PM)
The stunningly beautiful Yael Abecassis has a pivotal cameo as a passenger on a hijacked airliner in Miss Entebbe (2003, 80 min.), a somber low-budget drama set in 1976 Jerusalem and directed by Omri Levy. Neighbor children respond to the breaking news by kidnapping a Palestinian handyman's son. (3:15 PM)
J.R. Jones described Avi Nesher's Turn Left at the End of the World (108 min.) as "a neatly scripted drama about two families, one Indian and the other Moroccan, who've been lured to Israel in the late 60s by the promise of better jobs but instead find themselves laboring at a bottle factory in the Negev desert. Even in this desolate setting, the two immigrant communities are divided by their secondhand French and British cultures, though a friendship flowers between the families' teenage daughters (Liraz Charchi and Neta Garty). A strike at the factory plunges the settlement into conflict with its Israeli hosts, yet politics take a backseat to the young women's coming-of-age, which Nesher handles with sincerity and sensitivity." (5:15 PM)
Directed by Shahar Segal, One Small Step (95 min.) is about a 14-year-old boy watching his parents' marriage fall apart. (7:30 PM)
The title of the goofy, sexy comedy Colombian Love (2003, 96 min.) refers to both the weed and the South American shiksa spinning the twentysomething narrator off course. His best pals are a married soldier who's uptight about starting a family and a newlywed who's browbeaten by his tradition-bound father (Shmil Ben Ari). The changing-partners formula is well-worn, but director Shay Kanot keeps the action moving so fast one hardly notices. (9:45 PM)