Tsivia Barkai debut film "Red Cow" will premiere at the Berlinale in which it will screen as part of the Generation 14+ program. Red Cow is a coming of age story that takes place in an Arab neighborhood in a settlement in East Jerusalem. Benny (17) orphaned from her mother since birth and the only daughter of Joshua, an ultra right wing settler and the leader of the community, faces a crucial junction in her life. Benny meets Yael (19), a youth counselor and her world goes into a spin. A strong relationship forms between the two women and Benny embarks on a personal journey that will shape her religious, political and sexual consciousness.
Maryanne Redpath head of Generation writes in the Berlinale site "We were interested in the way the film observes how the young woman frees herself from the constricting corset of her surroundings and what consequences her acts of resistance entail."
Tsivia Barkai was raised in a Orthodox Jewish settlement. She graduated with honors from the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School, Jerusalem. "Vika" her graduation film won several international awards and was screened at the Berlin Film Festival. In 2006 she participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus.
Red Cow was produced by Itai Tamir - Laila Films
With: Avigail Koevary (Benny)
Gal Toren (Joshua)
Moran Rosenblat (Yael)
Berlinale Screening Dates:
"Life according To Agfa" directed and written by Assi Dayan will screen as part of the Berlinale Classics program
A small bar in Tel Aviv serves as microcosms of Israeli Society – Jews/ Arabs, Ashkenazi/ Sephardi, Bohemians and Businessmen, soldiers and tourists all lost and lonely. At the end of the night during which the story takes place, all hell breaks loose.
With: Gila Almagor, Shuli Rand, Sharon Alexander, Avitak Diker, Irit Frank, Smil Ben-Ari, Danny Litani
Life According to Agfa was released in 1992 and was screened at the 1993 Berlinale where it received an Honorable Mention.
It will be screened this year in Berlin from a digitally restored version in 4K DCP.
The Restoration was done by the Jerusalem Cinematheque - Israel Film Archive, in cooperation with United King Films and the support of the Israel Film Fund.
Berlin Screening Dates:
Katriel Schory, Executive Director of the Israel Film Fund will receive the Berlinale Camera Award
The Director and Management of the International Berlin Film Festival announced that the "Berlinale Camera" award will be awarded to Katriel Schory and the Israel Film Fund. Schory is awarded for his contribution to Israeli Cinema and his contribution to world cinema and especially European Cinema. Schory is also awarded for his strong commitment to safeguarding the creative freedom of Israeli Filmmakers.
The Berlinale official site states "Katriel Schory has made a significant impact on the world of Israeli cinema. As executive director of the Israel Film Fund, he has enabled the funding and the production of 240 Israeli feature films, many of them international co-productions. In addition, he has made a considerable contribution to cultural exchange through his commitment to advancing co-operations between Israel and Europe."
Schory said that the award is given in recognition of Israeli cinema and the Israeli Film Community. He added that the last year has been a peak year for the Israel Film Fund and the Film's it supported: with an audience of more than a million viewers who watched box office hits that received the support of the Fund such as "Maktub", "Scaffolding", "Foxtrot" and "Longing".
In 2017 Schory received the "Special Medallion" award at the Telluride Film Festival for his contribution to the Film Industry in Israel and worldwide.