Israeli Film Festival Kicks Off This Weekend

The Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia will mark its 18th year Saturday, March 8, with a screening of the comedy “Hunting Elephants” and a gala dessert reception at the University of Pennsylvania’s International House.

The movie features Sir Patrick Stewart, joining Israeli acting veterans Sasson Gabai and Moni Moshonov in a cinematic romp in which three elderly men and a young teenager decide to rob a Jerusalem bank.

On Sunday, March 9, the International House will offer three movies. First at 2:30 p.m., “Hunting Elephants” will be screened again.

Full event list after the jump.
Then at 5 p.m., the documentary “Sharon” will be shown.

Director Dror Moreh, of Oscar-nominated “Gatekeepers” fame, created this film in an attempt to understand how the late prime minister, with a reputation for hardline policies, could also be the architect of the withdrawal of Israeli citizens and soldiers from Gaza. His riveting film combines unique private moments from home movies, archival footage from his public life and interviews with companions from the past decades to create a portrait of the military leader and statesman.

“Sharon” will be followed by a falafel dinner.

The day will conclude at 7:30 with the screening of another documentary, “Special Interview.” This movie follows two young Israeli adults with learning disabilities in their quest to interview President Obama. While they have already interviewed many well-known personalities, it is their deepest dream to meet the President. Viewers will go along on their journey to fulfill this dream and get a glimpse into their unique world.


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