Saturday, June 27, 2009

Crossing paths

I have recently come to the conclusion that Israelis and Iranians definitely know how to make a film to two. Or Ten.
Check out the praised Abbas Kiarostami film, Ten (2002)
Shot with a couple of DV Cameras strapped to the dash of a car, Kiarostami gives only little direction to his actors, letting his story unfold.
A rare look into the hearts and minds of a real woman's life in Tehran.

Probably my favourite short film in a long time is
Offside (2005)
Part of a trilogy created by Guy Nattiv and Erez Tadmor, they have recieved over twenty-five awards collectively. Primarily based on the personal experience of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Nattiv and Tadmor form an undercurrent in all of their work; the importance that true peace must start on a personal level before it can become global.

Their Feature-length film, Strangers (2007) was also released last year and well worth the look.
During his travels to meet his e-girlfriend for the world cup finals in Berlin, Israeli Eyal (Livon Liro) meets the effervescent Rana (Lubna Azabal), a passionate young woman with many loose ends. When their paths cross unexpectedly, they are drawn and spend their time falling in love in Berlin, losing themselves in one another oblivious to their responsibilities.
When times of war heat up between Israel and Lebanon the bonds of their friendship are tested. In a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, the two are challenged in all walks of life; by family, friends and the politics that surround them noted by their home countries.

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