CULTURE

Portrait of Israeli cinema

A rare opportunity to see contemporary Israeli cinema is on offer in the Greek capital this week, as the Trianon Filmcenter hosts a mini-festival running from today to April 21, showcasing the Middle Eastern country’s most recent productions. Organized by the Greek Ministry of Culture in cooperation with the Israeli Embassy in Athens, the tribute does not focus on established Israeli filmmakers, but rather puts emphasis on young, emerging artists with a view to presenting a comprehensive overview of contemporary Israeli cinema. The program, composed of nine films, includes features that have received awards both in Israel and at international film festivals – such as Benny Toraty’s «Desperado Square» (2000) with awards from the Israeli Film Academy and the Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, Savi Gabizon’s «Lovesick of Nana Street» (1997), awarded at Sao Paolo, Arik Kaplun’s «Yana’s Friends» (1999), awarded at the international film festivals of Jerusalem and Karlovy Vary, as well as at the WorldFest in Houston, USA, and Nir Bergman’s «Broken Wings» (2002), which received three prizes in Berlin and others at the festivals of Jerusalem, Palm Springs and Tokyo. Trianon Filmcenter, 21 Kodrigtonos & Patission, tel 210.822.702. Admission to screenings is free of charge, though entry passes must be collected at the ticket booth.