Synonyms (2019)

NADAV LAPID Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Original Title: Synonymes France/Israel/Germany, 2019. SBS Films, Pie Films, Arte France Cinema, L’Aide aux Cinemas du Monde, Centre National du Cinema et de L’Image Animee, Institut Francais, ARTE, WDR / Arte, Filmforderungsanstalt, Komplizen Film. Screenplay by Nadav Lapid, Haim Lapid. Cinematography by Shai Goldman. Produced by Said…

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9 Star Hotel (2006)

IDO HAAR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Original Title: Malon 9 Kochavim Israel, 2006.   Cinematography by Uri Ackerman.   Produced by Edna Kowarsky, Elinor Kowarsky.  Film Editing by Ido Haar. Documentary filmmaker Ido Haar takes his cameras to Modi’in, Israel, where he grew up and where his parents still live, which at the time he filmed…

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Foxtrot (2017)

SAMUEL MAOZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Israel/Switzerland/Germany/France, 2017.  Bord Cadre Films.  Screenplay by Samuel Maoz.  Cinematography by Giora Bejach.  Produced by Marc Baschet, Viola Fugen, Cedomir Kolar, Eitan Mansuri, Michel Merkt, Michael Weber.  Music by Ophir Leibovitch, Amit Poznansky.  Production Design by Arad Sawat.  Costume Design by Hila Bargiel, Laura Sheim.  Film Editing by Arik Leibovitch, Guy Nemesh.  National Board of Review…

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Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

MARK HARTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   United Kingdom/Israel/Australia/USA, 2014.  Fury Productions, RatPac Documentary Films, XYZ Films.  Screenplay by Mark Hartley.  Cinematography by Garry Richards.  Produced by Veronica Fury, James Packer, Brett Ratner.  Music by Jamie Blanks.  Film Editing by Jamie Blanks, Sara Edwards, Mark Hartley.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014. They’re described as the Weinstein Brothers except without any taste, which should…

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The Delta Force (1986)

MENAHEM GOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA/Israel, 1986.  Golan-Globus Productions.  Screenplay by James Bruner, Menahem Golan.  Cinematography by David Gurfinkel.  Produced by Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Luciano Spadoni.  Costume Design by Tami Mor.  Film Editing by Alain Jakubowicz. Having previously made an Oscar nominated film about the 1976 Air France hijacking that resulted in…

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Kedma (2002)

AMOS GITAI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Italy/Israel/France, 2002.  Agav Hafakot, Arte France Cinema, BIM Distribuzione, MK2 Productions, MP Productions, R&C Produzioni.  Screenplay by Amos Gitai, Mordechai Goldhecht, Marie-Jose Sanselme, based on the novel by Haim Hazaz.  Cinematography by Giorgos Arvanitis.  Produced by Amos Gitai, Marin Karmitz, Alain Mamou-Mani, Laurent Truchot.  Music by David Darling, Manfred Eicher.  Production Design by Eitan…

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Policeman (2011)

NADAV LAPID Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Ha-shoter Israel/France, 2011.  Hot, Laïla Films, Rabinovich Film Fund Cinema Project.  Screenplay by Nadav Lapid.  Cinematography by Shai Goldman.  Produced by Itai Tamir.  Production Design by Avi Fahima.  Costume Design by Amit Berlowitz.  Film Editing by Era Lapid.   Yaron is a member of an elite anti-terrorist unit in the Tel Aviv police force; at…

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The Look Of Silence (2014)

JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Denmark/Indonesia/Finland/Norway/United Kingdom/Israel/France/USA/Germany/Netherlands, 2014.  Anonymous, Final Cut for Real, Making Movies Oy, Participant Media, Piraya Film A/S, Spring Films. Cinematography by Lars Skree.  Produced by Signe Byrge Sorensen.  Music by Seri Banang, Mana Tahan.   Film Editing by Nils Pagh Andersen.  Academy Awards 2015.   Boston Film Critics Awards 2015.   Gotham Awards 2015.  Independent Spirit Awards…

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I Love You Rosa (1972)

MOSHE MIZRAHI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Ani Ohev Otach Rosa Israel, 1972.  Leisure Media, Noah Films.  Screenplay by Moshe Mizrahi.  Cinematography by Adam Greenberg.  Produced by Menahem Golan.  Music by Dov Seltzer.  Production Design by Kuli Sander.  Film Editing by Dov Hoenig.  Academy Awards 1972.  Cannes Film Festival 1972. Rosa is a woman of extreme years who tells her great-grandson Nessim…

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Ajami (2009)

SCANDAR COPTI, YARON SHANI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Germany/Israel, 2009.  Inosan Productions, Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion GmbH, ARTE, Das Kleine Fernsehspiel, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Vertigo Films, World Cinema Fund.  Screenplay by Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani.  Cinematography by Boaz Yehonatan Yaacov.  Produced by Moshe Danon, Thanassis Karathanos, Talia Kleinhendler.  Production Design by Yoav Sinai.  Film Editing by Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani.  Academy Awards…

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5 Broken Cameras (2011)

EMAD BURNAT, GUY DAVIDI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Palestine/Israel/France/Netherlands, 2011.  Alegria Productions, Burnat Films, Guy DVD Films.  Screenplay by Guy Davidi.  Cinematography by Emad Burnat.  Produced by Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi, Christine Camdessus, Serge Gordey.  Music by Le Trio Joubran.  Film Editing by Guy Davidi, Veronique Lagoarde-Segot.  Academy Awards 2012. An astonishing documentary that places the viewer directly in the middle…

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Cupcakes (2013)

EYTAN FOX Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  Israel/France, 2013.  Abott Reif Hameiri, Bananot, Chic Films.  Screenplay by Eli Bijaoui, Eytan Fox.  Cinematography by Daniel Schneor.  Produced by Lauranne Bourrachot, Marco Cherqui.  Music by Haim Frank Ilfman.  Production Design by Arad Sawat.  Film Editing by Ron Omer. Eytan Fox thoroughly drops the ball with this inept comedy, far behind the musical delights of his…

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