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Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Bit of This, A Bit of That: Revisiting Rehavia

"Golda's Kiosk" Heddy Abramowitz 2011



Dina Hanoch has announced an extension of the current exhibit “Portrait Art”  at the Nora Gallery.  It will be closing on September 30, 2011.

"Nora Gallery -Exhibit #495"  Heddy Abramowitz

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Curiously, Rehavia, as a neighborhood,  is becoming familiar to lovers of cinema worldwide. While the summer blockbusters have the masses running to see Harry Potter’s latest  adventures or Steven Spielberg's  summer offering, Jerusalem crowds are flocking to see Joseph Cedar's “He'arat Shulayim”  (Footnote).

New Yorkers are accustomed to standing in long lines to see movies, but it is a rare film in this city which sells out performance after performance. Winner of the  best screenplay award at the  2011 Cannes Film Festival,  the setting is staid Rehavia, to the delight of locals.

The basic plot involves professors,  father and son, who both are members of the same Hebrew University Talmud department, and unknowingly, both short-listed for the prestigious Israel Prize in their joint field. The father-son relationships in this story describe family dysfunction which reaches Biblical proportions and the issues resonate with universal appeal. Academics everywhere will undoubtedly appreciate the mirror held up to their milieu. Lior Ashkenazi (Walking on Water, Late Marriage, Hello Good-bye) and his counter-part,   Shlomo Bar Aba,  have endowed their characters with nuanced believability.

This film, with no chase scenes, gratuitous sex or violence (which may be a drawback for some), will appeal to lovers of intelligent cinema and dry comedy.  If this is screened in your area, run; do not walk, to go see it. And, if you are local, the best place to see it, of course, is the Smadar Theater in the German Colony, the last of the old Jerusalem movie theaters and now slated for preservation. To further maximize the experience:  invite a professor and a therapist to join you.

"Rehavia Dusk" 2011 Heddy Abramowitz 

2 comments:

  1. Rehavia is, in a way, the star of the film, because everything that happens in it is affected by the area,if you think about it.

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  2. Ahuva, can you explain that a bit?

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