Best of Israeli films

THE 2016 AICE Israeli Film Festival, which opens in Melbourne on September 14 and Sydney on September 15, features a range of contemporary movies and documentaries from leading Israeli filmmakers.

The line-up includes romantic comedies, a Holocaust mystery, a Bedouin family drama, a Polish-Israeli horror film and several new independent movies.

The opening night film is Firebirds starring Gila Almagor and a host of leading Israeli actors including Oded Teomi, Devora Keidar and Miriam Zohar.

The mystery drama by first-time director Amir Wolf, which earned an Israeli Academy Award for actress Dvora Kedar, is set around Amnon, a police detective who tries to solve a murder of an 80-year-old man found with a number tattooed along his forearm.

Festival director Richard Moore says that Firebirds is an uplifting dark comedy-mystery.

“We wanted a film with a great cast for opening night,” says Moore, who is at the helm of his second AICE Israeli Film Festival. “There is a great selection of films on the program ranging from comedy to drama and fascinating documentaries.”

Read the report by Danny Gocs in the Australian Jewish News.

[The 2016 AICE Israeli Film Festival is in Melbourne at Cinema Nova, Carlton from  September 14-25 (Bookings:  and in Sydney at Ritz Cinema, Randwick from September 15-25 (Bookings:]