The 14th annual Israeli Film Festival presents four films illuminating the pull of tradition in Israel, where culture and history have the tenacity to stretch and even fray lives.
The festival opens on Thursday, June 8 with “Past Life.” Director Avi Nesher’s film intricately explores the effect of the Holocaust on survivors and their children. In 1977, Sephi, a talented musician, travels with an Israeli choir to Berlin. After the performance, a Polish woman accosts her and calls her father a murderer. With the aid of the woman’s son, a German-Polish composer, Sephi investigates what really happened when her father was hidden during the war, drawing both generations into a fugue of recrimination and forgiveness. The film is based on real events: Israeli composer Ella Milch-Sheriff wrote the opera “Baruch’s Silence,” based on her father’s wartime diary. [Read more…]