Israeli film shows in Birštonas

free of charge
Event date
2019-05-01 19:00 To 20:00, 2019-05-09 19:00 To 20:00, 2019-05-14 19:00 To 20:00, 2019-05-21 19:00 To 20:00, 2019-05-29 19:00 To 20:00


May 21, 7 pm, Birštonas Culture Center

Dir Yaelle Kayam, 2015, 83 min., N-16
Olive Mountain is the oldest Jewish cemetery in the world, near the Old Town of Jerusalem. Among the white monuments is a small stone house - the only residence in the cemetery. The director chose this visually stunning and historically resonant place as an environment for telling the story of a young woman's struggle to discover herself.
The main actor of the film is an orthodox woman living with her husband teacher Ruven and four children in a secluded house in a cemetery. She works hard to make the home cozy, but while the kids and the man are in school, she feels isolated. During the days, the woman walks through the narrow footpaths of the hill between the stones of the monuments, receiving sweet, harmless conversations with tourists and Palestinians. The man Ruven is moving away from her, and the unbearable loneliness finally encourages the woman to walk in the cemetery and at night when the place becomes a night market for prostitutes and drug dealers.
A shocked but fascinated woman is making contact with a completely strange society and understands that she gets much more gratitude from the night out than her family. However, the new mother's secret new relationship only exacerbates the inner unrest that prompts her to make a decision with great consequences.
The film immerses the audience in the rhythms and questions of the woman's inner and outer life, engages in beautifully created images and embodies the symbolic aura of sounds: children's laughter, bus parking, sweeping broom, church bell sounds, Jewish prayers, mosque warden calls and silence.
2015 The film was presented at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival and won the international recognition of the film industry. The Hill is a melancholic story about life between the dead and the loneliness of a young woman.

May 29, 7 pm, Birštonas Culture Center
Dir. Bazi Gete, 2014, 90 min

74 m. age Solomon Tadela is a hard-working, stubborn and nervous person. Also frightened, afraid to die and fearful to be alone. 28 years ago, having changed his living environment with his family - emigrating from Israel to Ethiopia - has chosen to pursue the traditions of original culture diligently. The hero of the film speaks little and hard to speak Hebrew. The story of the film begins with the unveiling of the monument to the wife of Solomon. When a family meal comes back from the cemetery, there is an immediate dispute over the property and a deep gap between the family members. The story tells how Solomon goes on a trip to visit his children. He understands that he belongs to a generation of expatriate ethnic expatriates who believe that they have succeeded in passing Ethiopian cultural values ​​to their children. The harsh present turns against Solomon. Disappointment and the real reality of having children come to their homes is too complicated for him. When Solomon realizes some of the difficult new realities of life he tries to survive in his own way. "Red Leaves" is a film about intergenerational differences and conflicts related to traditions, family values, gender roles and relationships outside the community. The story enhances the process of emigration, which is depicted as a long, traumatic and complicated path of survival, such as Solomon's long walks, the Cumera capturing from the back.