The 7th annual Israel Film Center Festival kicks off tonight and runs through June 12th. Ten films and 2 TV series will be spotlighted at the festival and will showcase the diversity of Israeli filmmaking. The opening night film, REDEMPTION (GEULA), is from Directors Joseph Madmoni and Boaz Yehonatan Yacov. Here is our interview with Yossi Madmoni.
A devout Chassid must return to his rockstar lifestyle in order to pay for his daughter’s medical bills in this rousing and affecting story of faith, love, and making peace with the past. IFCF 2019.
Here is our interview with Co-Director/Co-Writer Joseph (Yossi) Madmoni.
The festival’s Opening Night selection will be Joseph Madmony and Boaz Yehonatan Yacov’s thought-provoking film REDEMPTION (“Geula”). The story of a devout Chassid who must return to his rockstar lifestyle in order to pay for his daughter’s medical bills explores the issue of how to balance one’s religious devotion with art, family, and friendship, all while making peace with the past. The film won both the Ecumenical Jury Prize and Best Actor award (for star Moshe Folkenflik) at the 2018 Karlovy Vary Film Festival, and the Audience Award at the 2018 Jerusalem Film Festival. “Redemption” screens Monday, June 3 at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A with director Boaz Yehonatan Yacov.
New York’s leading Israeli film festival is celebrating its 7th edition this June with a powerful lineup of diverse, award-winning, and cutting-edge films and television programs from Israel. The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan (located at 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street) will present feature films and two television series, including New York premieres, at the 7th Annual Israel Film Center Festival. Showcasing the best new films from Israel’s booming film industry and Q&As with acclaimed Israeli filmmakers after select screenings, the festival will run from June 3-12. Visit israelfilmcenter.org/festival for more information and to purchase tickets.
Check back through out the week for more interviews with filmmakers from the festival’s selections.