Thursday, May 5, 2011

New York Israel Film Festival Opens Tonight With Intimate Grammar - A New Prize Winning Film

Enriching the American vision of Israeli life and culture through the powerful medium of film, the Israel Film Festival has become the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States.  2011 marks the 25th anniversary of this much-acclaimed showcase that celebrates Israeli cinema in the United States.  

The 2011 Israel Film Festival will begin its milestone anniversary year with a VIP Reception in the Edwardian Room of the Plaza Hotel, and then the participants will segue to the adjacent Paris Theatre for the Awards presentation and Opening Night Film.  The 25th Israel Film Festival is proud to honor Actor Liev Schreiber, 2011 IFF Outstanding Achievement In Film Award; legendary film director and choreographer Stanley Donen will be honored with the IFF Lifetime Achievement Award; and celebrated Producer/Director Micha Shagrir with the 2011 IFF Cinematic Achievement Award. 

The Opening Night film is the New York premiere of Nir Bergman’s acclaimed film INTIMATE GRAMMAR, which recently won the Best Feature Film Award from the Jerusalem International Film Festival as well as the Sakura Grand Prix from the Tokyo International Film Festival

Encompassing over 30 titles, including award-winning features, documentaries and television programs, the Festival opens Thursday, May 5 at Paris Theatre, and continues through May 19, 2011 at the AMC Loews 84th Street 6 (2310 Broadway).

Here's a short summary of Intimate Grammar, the movie adaptation of David Grossman's acclaimed novel, follwed by the trailer. Enjoy!

1960’s - A new generation is growing up in Israel, a militant one that will not go through another Holocaust. But Aharon doesn't fit the mold. His soul seeks refinement and art, which he can't find at home. How could he? For his father, a Holocaust survivor, human existence is reduced to war and survival. Aharon refuses to become like his parents. Realizing that his is responsible for his own maturation, he embarks on a dangerous inner journey crossing the boundary between childhood and adolescence. 

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