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2012 Brooklyn Israel Film Festival



Welcome to the film festival page. The Brooklyn Israel Film Festival has become a major venue for some of the newest and best films coming out of Israel today. We had a huge crowd for Thursday’s opening night (1/26) screening of the suspenseful thriller “The Debt” — the film on which the recent English version with Helen Mirren was based.

Ticket Purchases

Tickets are now sold out for Restoration, Saturday’s film at 8:00 PM. There will be a large crowd and we recommend that ticket holders come early! Doors will open at 7:00 PM, and we suggest you arrive by 7:30 to get a good seat. If you have purchased your tickets but have not yet picked them up, please come to the “Will Call” table in the lobby.
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Sales have also been brisk for the closing night’s moving documentary, “Dolphin Boy” on Sunday, 1/29, at 7:00 PM featuring a Q & A with the filmmakers, but tickets will still be available at the door when ticket sales start at 6:00 PM.


Film Information

“The Debt,” Thursday, January 26th, 8:00 PM

A fast-paced thriller about three young Mossad agents who assassinate an infamous Nazi and return as heroes, but 35 years later, rumors surface that he’s alive. Stars famed Israeli actress Gila Almagor. This film inspired the recent English version starring Helen Mirren. Nominated for four awards by the Israeli Film Academy. Special opening reception to follow.

Running Time: 93 mins.
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(Trailer is mostly in Hebrew, but movie will be subtitled in English at festival.)


“Restoration,” Saturday, January 28th, 8:00 PM

70 year old Yaakov Fidelman (Sasson Gabai, The Band’s Visit) hangs on with all his might to the antique restoration workshop which has been his life’s work. After his long-time business partner passes away, Fidelman rejects his son Noah’s idea to close the business and build an apartment complex on the site. He believes that with the help of his new apprentice Anton, he’ll find a way to save his workshop, his world and his solitary way of life. Tickets are Sold-Out for this film.

“A rare masterpiece” says the Hollywood Reporter. The Jerusalem Report: “In Restoration, a new award-winning Israeli film, characters are lit like Rembrandt subjects and exposed like Shakespearean characters.”

Winner of best feature in the 2011 Jerusalem Film Festival and winner of World Cinema Screenwriting Award at 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Running Time: 105 minutes.
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“Dolphin Boy,” Sunday, January 29th, 7:00 PM

An Israeli Arab teen is traumatized by a violent attack by his peers. As a last resort before hospitalization in a mental institution, he is taken by his devoted father to be treated with dolphin therapy in Eilat. This documentary about the devastating havoc that human violence can wreak upon the human soul and about the healing powers of nature and of love, was filmed over the course of four years.

We are very happy to have filmmaker Dani Menkin joining us again for a Q & A with the film’s producer Judith Manassen-Ramon, the film’s co-producer. Dani spoke previously at the Brooklyn Israel Film Festival about his documentary “39 Pounds of Love.” Judith has developed a method which uses film as a tool to aid self-expression and problem-solving for adolescents. Winner of Jury Mention Award at the 2011 Jerusalem Film Festival.

Running Time: 72 mins
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