In Focus: Wrestling Angels

Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Panorama

A conflict can span more lifetimes one is able to count. It can reverberate through histories both real and imagined, from the assassination of a prime minister to a chance encounter with a stubborn donkey. When we finally have to face it, what choices do we make and what do we hold on to?

As part of this year’s focus on Israel, we are highlighting a number of shorts directed by the storied alumni of the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television. Founded in 1972, the Tel Aviv University has nurtured many of Israel's most prominent filmmakers, scholars and critics, whose feature films will also be screening as part of this year’s Black Nights Film Festival.

This selection of films does not only chart the importance of the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television on their 50th birthday, but will provide a rare opportunity to see the early works of astounding filmmakers with powerful stories.

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Screenings

Hall 2 Kino Artis
Screening131601 / Fookuses: Maadlused inglitega
Q&A guestsMaayan Rypp, Moshe Rosenthal
Q&A duration
Screening duration
Virtual hall Online Cinema
ScreeningFookuses: Maadlused inglitega
Trailer

Films

Dark Night

Local title
Pime öö
Original title
Laila Affel
Director
Leon Prudovsky
Country
Israel
Year
2005
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Panorama

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict manifests in its most complicated form over one night, and the encounter between two Israeli soldiers and the two Palestinian residents of the house to which the soldiers escape after their vehicle is attacked.

Director
Leon Prudovsky
Runtime
Language
Hebrew
Subtitles
English

Reality Check

Local title
Reaalsuskontroll
Original title
Srak
Director
Michal Vinik
Country
Israel
Year
2011
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Panorama

November 4th, 1995. Inbar and Sveta, two teenage girls night out on the town, Inbar looking to smoke her first joint, Sveta cannot wait to lose her virginity. During the night, Sveta will meet some guys, Inbar will inhale and Prime Minister Rabin will be shot.

Director
Michal Vinik
Runtime
Language
Hebrew
Subtitles
English

Martha Must Fly

Local title
Marta peab saama lennata
Original title
Al Martha Lauf
Director
Ma'ayan Rypp
Country
Israel
Year
2011
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Panorama

Martha, a migrant worker, decides to fight for her freedom but reality pushes her into her fantasy world, one last time.

Director
Ma'ayan Rypp
Runtime
Language
Hebrew
Subtitles
English

Raz & Radja

Local title
Raz ja Radja
Director
Yona Rozenkier
Country
Israel
Year
2012
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Panorama

Raz, a tired reserve soldier, guards a broken army truck and Radja, a Palestinian who broke the curfew. The two repeatedly attempt to jumpstart the truck, while a friendly donkey refuses to leave them alone.

Director
Yona Rozenkier
Runtime
Language
Hebrew
Subtitles
English

The Cities of My Youth

Local title
Minu noorusaja linnad
Original title
Arei Neory
Director
Moshe Rosenthal
Country
Israel
Year
2012
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Panorama

The ageless man walks in the apocalyptic streets of Tel Aviv. In the eyes of two restless teenagers, he finds his lost youth. They will tease him, they will seduce him, and they will surrender.

Director
Moshe Rosenthal
Runtime
Language
Hebrew
Subtitles
English
Trailer

Small Talk

Local title
Tühi jutt
Country
Israel
Year
1999
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Panorama

A 1 min & 09 Sec long memorandum of a family dinner in a Seafood restaurant.

Runtime
Language
Hebrew
Subtitles
English