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Friday, August 18, 2017

In Moscow for the second time opened the Jewish film festival

The debut film of Natalie Portman “a Tale of love and darkness” opened the 2nd Jewish film festival. Smart and talented actress with Jewish roots decided to try his hand at directing. Premiered at the Cannes film festival, and that film reached Moscow.

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It is a biographical film about the childhood of Israeli writer and journalist Amos oz, who called in 1967 once and for all to end the Arab-Israeli conflict, creating in Palestine a new state. The film was included in the competition program “Context”. Portman was not only the Director but also the author of the script together with Amos oz, played the mother of the future writer. The viewer almost the entire movie only does that admire her beautiful face, full of suffering, following the experiences of the heroine. Which itself, being sick bless her husband for a new life and freedom. He’s Dating other women – young and full of energy. Teenage son is going through this terrible betrayal. “A tale of love and darkness” is unbearable to watch – it’s too static, too beautiful and decorative painting. Was it worth Portman at all to get involved in directing? An actress it is much more successful. She never hid their Jewish roots, and now openly appealed to the world of the “damned Jewish issues.”

Opening the festival, film Director and jury member Alexander Mitta noticed that on the ninth decade even walk to the stage – a feat. The atmosphere on opening day was home. Different people spoke about the mutual influence of the traditions of different peoples, and amused all, one of the organizers of the festival Konstantin FAM. In this mixed Jewish and Vietnamese blood, and he showed the audience as a direct evidence of the beneficial confluence of different cultures.

The festival program is formed not trivial. Competitions, and several of them are thematic. One of them – “memory” – contains films about those events, which should not sink into oblivion, and in the history of Judaism plenty of them. “Konteks” – paintings, studying Jewish culture and traditions, including religious. In the “Conflict” involved documentary-feature film “finding Babel” by American Director David novack. His grandfather lived in Odessa and was a composer Brodsky synagogue. And the hero of the film was not only the writer Isaac Babel, but his grandson, Andrei Malaev-Babel, living in the United States and arrived these days to Moscow. At the University of Florida he headed the acting Department. Recently turned 75 years since the death of his grandfather. Firing order 1940, signed by Stalin personally.

During the filming of Andrei visited places where there was Isaac Babel – Ukraine, France, Russia, particularly Moscow, Peredelkino, where in a cruel twist of fate survived the humiliation experienced by his grandfather at the time of arrest. In the place where it happened, Andrei stumbled upon an impregnable fence, which appeared hefty fellow. Had the Lam. But nothing bad did no one do not infringe on anyone’s private property, hidden behind the ramparts. It was important to stand on the land where once Babel was arrested.

Andrew was born 20 years after the execution of his grandfather, he found only the grandmother Antonina Pirozhkova. Being an engineer she was engaged in the construction of the Moscow metro stations, Kievskaya, Mayakovskaya, Paveletskaya Ploshchad Revolyutsii. In 1954, this courageous woman has made the rehabilitation of her husband. How she managed to escape? According to Andrew defended Kaganovich, who oversaw the construction of the subway, as the widow of Babel was a valued specialist, and was responsible during the great Patriotic war for the construction of the strategically important Caucasian sites. She lived to 101, and David Novak took it off in 2000, then to use the material in his film.

24 folder the personal archives of Babel – manuscripts, letters, diaries – had disappeared. The authors of the film for the first time gained access to the archives of the FSB, although the case Babel is not entirely declassified. Everything we see on the screen – a Testament not only to the past but also the realities of present-day Russia, from which it becomes uncomfortable.

In the same program, “Conflict” presents the latest film “On the threshold of fear” (Israel, Latvia) is a prominent documentary filmmaker Herz Frank, which he filmed with Maria Kravchenko. By the time the author of such masterpieces as the “Supreme court”, “Older than 10 minutes”, was on the verge of death. Completed the film Maria Kravchenko alone. His character was Larissa Trembovler, once an intelligent St. Petersburg lady, who related the life of 26-year-old Yigal Amir, murderer of Prime Minister of Israel, Rabin Iccah. Beloved Larissa is beautiful and young, and she understands that in other circumstances, Yigal would never pay attention to it. But after the crime, sentenced to life imprisonment, he praised the act of Larissa, ventured into a family cursed with the world man. The picture evokes a lot of emotion, this woman is a hate for the fact that she risked not only his own life but the lives of their children. Now and forever above them will hang a curse.

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