Tag Archives: 2000s

Rock Ba-Casba / Rock the Casbah (2012) Yariv Horowitz, Yon Tumarkin, Roy Nik, Henry David, Action, Drama, History

Rock Ba-Casba AKA Rock the Casbah (2012)
The year is 1989. In an era of Palestinian demands for independence, the State of Israel sends young soldiers to oversee the Arab population in the Occupied Territories. After one of them is killed, the common fate of four young soldiers and one Palestinian family is sealed. The film describes the extraordinary journey of a young soldier trying to find his place in the chaos surrounding him.
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Les naufragés de la D17 / Shipwrecked on Route D 17 (2002) Luc Moullet, Patrick Bouchitey, Iliana Lolitch, Sabine Haudepin, Comedy

Les naufrages de la D17 (2002)
During the Gulf War, the paths of several groups of characters cross in France’s most desert-like region. The cast is as follows: An astrophysician who works alone with Geraldine in an observatory high in the mountains. He’d like to seduce Geraldine, but she seems to prefer the shepherd who’s been relegated to a shabby hut nearby. A group of filmmakers stuck in the middle of the countryside after their crew went on strike because lunch never turned up. A squadron of stupid soldiers who consider even the most minor incident to be proof of Saddam Hussein’s invasion of France. A maniacal geologist, oblivious of everything, who continues to search for the traces of a tectonic Big Bang in the most inaccessible places.
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McLibel (2005) Franny Armstrong, Ken Loach, Helen Steel, Dave Morris, Bruce Alexander, Documentary

McLibel (2005)
McDonald’s loved using the UK libel laws to suppress criticism. Major media organisations like the BBC and The Guardian crumbled and apologised. But then they sued gardener Helen Steel and postman Dave Morris. In the longest trial in English legal history, the “McLibel Two” represented themselves against McDonald’s £10 million legal team. Every aspect of the corporation’s business was cross-examined: from junk food and McJobs, to animal cruelty, environmental damage and advertising to children. Outside the courtroom, Dave brought up his young son alone and Helen supported herself working nights in a bar. McDonald’s tried every trick in the book against them. Legal manoeuvres. A visit from Ronald McDonald. Top executives flying to London for secret settlement negotiations. Even spies. Seven years later, in February 2005, the marathon legal battle finally concluded at the European Court of Human Rights. And the result took everyone by surprise – especially the British Government.
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Ile wazy kon trojanski? / How Much Does the Trojan Horse Weigh? (2008) Juliusz Machulski, Ilona Ostrowska, Maciej Marczewski, Robert Wieckiewicz, Comedy

Ile wazy kon trojanski (2008)
At 40, Zosia (Ilona Ostrowska) has a happy second marriage, a well-adjusted daughter, a good career, and a comfortable home in Warsaw. But as she and her family usher in the year 2000, she wishes some things in her youth had happened differently, and she’s magically transported back to 1987, when she was still married to her womanizing first husband, Darek (Robert Wi?ckiewicz) and lived in the People’s Republic of Poland.
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Chatulim Al Sirat Pedalim / Cats on a Pedal Boat (2011) Yuval Mendelson, Nadav Hollander, Nitay Dagan, Dana Frider, Gidi Gov, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Chatulim Al Sirat Pedalim aka Cats on a Pedal Boat (2011)
A high school couple, accompanied by a fat, ginger cat, travel to the Yarkon River to celebrate their six month anniversary with a romantic pedal boat trip.. Unfortunately, the couple is unaware that the river has been contaminated with radioactive substances so when the cat falls into the water the consequences are unexpected. Bloodthirsty, mutated cats, a vicious Admiral and four brave Sea Scouts all play their part as the real terror begins.
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Etsba Elohim / Out of the Blue (2008) Yigal Bursztyn, Alon Aboutboul, Moshe Ivgy, Dorit Bar-Or, Comedy, Crime, Drama

Etsba Elohim AKA Out of the Blue (2008)
This is a little like an extended but half-serious variation on the “Uptown Girl” song video where the working-class guy meets the beautiful model from the billboard. But a few more people are involved. Here, the guy is married and his daughter has a crush on the weatherman. The weatherman wants to marry the cosmetics queen from the billboards. The cosmetics queen kind of likes the guy’s sidekick. The sidekick kind of likes the guy’s daughter, although she’s in high school and the age difference would raise anyone’s eyebrows. The movie is a nice character study about accepting or denying who we really are and what we really want. It’s missing an anchor character in the middle with whom the audience could identify, but the eccentrics are obviously what interested the filmmakers. Real-life cosmetics queen Pnina Rosenblum was a good enough sport to allow her own home to be used as the home of the fictional character based on herself.
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Einaym Pkuhot / Eyes Wide Open (2009) Haim Tabakman, Zohar Shtrauss, Ran Danker, Tinkerbell, Drama, Romance

Einaym Pkuhot AKA Eyes Wide Open (2009)
Aaron (Zohar Shtrauss), a respected butcher and a family man in an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem, leads a conservative life of community devotion and spiritual dedication. Aaron’s life undergoes a series of emotional changes following the arrival of a young apprentice (Ran Danker) to his shop. Consumed with lust, the handsome “Yeshiva” student irreversibly transforms the intricate beliefs in the once-devoted butcher’s life – leading Aaron to question his relationships with his wife Rivka (Tinkerbell), children, community, and God.
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Karov La Bayit / Close to Home (2005) Vardit Bilu, Smadar Sayar, Naama Schendar, Danny Geva, Drama

Karov La Bayit AKA Close to Home (2005)
Smadar and Mirit, both 18 years old, are assigned to patrol the streets of Jerusalem together, as part of their military service. They are assigned to detain any Palestinian passerby, check their papers, and register their details in special forms. However, the two young girls are immersed in the tidbits of their own lives- their romantic crushes, their breakups, and the relationship evolving between the two of them. Until one day, Jerusalem’s political rally is forced upon them.
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Iim Avudim / Lost Islands (2008) Reshef Levi, Oshri Cohen, Michael Moshonov, Shmil Ben Ari, Comedy, Drama

Iim Avudim AKA Lost Islands (2008)
The year is 1980. The Levis, a large family with a unique lifestyle, live in what was then a rather naive State of Israel. Mr. Levi lectures his children daily on the importance of fulfilling their dreams, while his wife preaches absolute family loyalty. The family’s twin boys both fall in love with a new girl in town. Erez, our hero, discovers how difficult it is to balance family loyalty against fulfillment of one’s personal dreams. Matters become increasingly complicated when Erez somehow causes a severe family crisis. Beset by guilt feelings, he attempts to escape his fate, somehow exchanging dreams with his twin brother. He is drafted into a commando unit of the Israeli Army, just as his brother always dreamed of doing, while Ofer remains at home to take care of his broken family and has an affair with the love of Erez’s life. Can Erez challenge destiny? Of what value is the life of someone who does not fulfill his dreams?
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Panter Lavan / White Panther (2013) Danni Reisfeld, Ze’ev Revach, Yevgeny Orlov, Meytal Gal, Drama, Family, Sport

Panter Lavan AKA White Panther (2013)
In the 1990’s a million former USSR Jews arrived in Israel. The immigrants were despised by the local population who feared their ‘invasion’. While many embraced the Israeli lifestyle, others chose to live in self-made Russian ghettos. These ghettos were a fertile ground for the creation of self-hating Jewish skinheads. ‘White Panther’ is the story of Alex, a young Russian immigrant who joins a skinheads’ gang, led by his older brother. An unexpected meeting with David, a religious Moroccan Jew, gives Alex a chance to pursue his longtime dream of becoming a boxer like his father. Alex finds himself torn between his two father figures – his violent older brother and his new Jewish trainer, only to find out the truth about those he so admires.
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