Russian American Cultural Center is pleased to announce: The Second Israeli-Russian Film Festival is starting with all-day program on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at Tribeca Film Center, NYC and will continue at other locations. Q&A sessions, Panel Discussion, Reception will follow.

Festival Program

11:30 AM. Weeping Susannah by Lina and Slava Chaplin
Israel 2009, 148 minutes, Color, Hebrew, English subtitles, Cast: Maya Maron, Zak Berkman,Galia Yishai.
A three-part mini series based on Alona Kimhi’s award winning bestseller. 
Emotionally disturbed Susannah lives with her widowed mother. The arrival in Israel of long-lost nephew from New York turns Susannah’s world upside down.

Film directors Lina and Slava Chaplin, are chosen as the 2011 Festival’s special guests for their outstanding contribution to Israeli culture. Born in Russia and graduated from the Cinematography Institute, Lina and Slava Chaplin in 1976 emigrated to Israel, where for 35 years have created dozens of documentaries and feature films, many of which were winners of the Israeli and international film festivals. Most of the Chaplin’s films emphasize the identification of Russian immigrants with the Israeli-Jewish nation, while simultaneously affirming the importance of their Russian cultural roots to Israeli culture in whole.
2:15 PM. The Loners by Renen Schorr
Israel 2009, 92 minutes, Color, Hebrew/Russian, English subtitles, Cast: Sasha Agronov, Anton Ostrovski-Klin, Tzahi Grad, Rotem Zisman-Cohen.
The fierce story of two Russian speaking immigrants, Glory and Sasha, the two Golani soldiers without family or friends accused of treason even though they pleaded not guilty and demanded a retrial to prove their innocence. After losing their basic rights to freedom and dignity, they found themselves at a point where there was nothings left to lose. The film exposes the hidden sides of these young immigrants whose true wish is to belong, to be Israeli.
3:50 PM. Paper Snow by Lina & Slava Chaplin
Israel 2003, 98 minutes, Color, Hebrew/Russian, English subtitles, Cast: Jenya Dodina, Zak Berkman, Gal Zaid, Pira Kantor, Salva Kanchev.
Russian-born actress Hanna Rovina, a founding member of the Jewish theatre Habima that originated in Moscow and ultimately became Israel’s national theater company, embarks on a wildly tempestuous affair with Alexander Pen (Zak Berkman), a young self-destructive poet from Siberia.
This historical drama revealing the atmosphere of Tel-Aviv bohemian intellectual life of the 1930s also presents other literary giants, Avraham Shlonsky, Avraham Halfi, and Hayyim Nahman Bialik, all hailing from Russia. Paper Snow pays tribute to their Russian literary and theatrical background. In this way, the film focuses on the Russian roots of Israeli culture, emphasizing the importance of Russian Jews (past and present) to Israel. Best film – The Israeli TV Academy awards (2003)
5:30 PM. Yoel, Israel and Pashkavills by Lina Chaplin
Israel 2008, Documentary, 55 minutes, Color, Hebrew/Yiddish, English subtitles.
Israel Klachkin owns a printing press and has written and printed hundreds and thousands of pashkavills. Yoel Kraus has been collecting them for 20 years, and has over 20,000 in his possession. Yoel is the most authentic representative of the Neturei Karta, the radical anti-Zionist stream in ultra-orthodoxy. He has no Israeli ID card, no social security and no contact with the State. He is 34 years old and lives in one-room apartment. He has nine children, and he and his wife Rachel plan to have 22. Yoel doesn’t eat “Zionst” food. Rachel bakes bread and he has his own cow, in order to avoid purchasing milk from the Israeli dairies. Our camera managed to penetrate, for the first time, the private and intimate moments and to really get to know them.
6:30 –7:30 Panel Discussion.
Introductory remarks by Dr. Regina Khidekel, Festival Curator and Director RACC, and Dean Movshovitz, Director of Film & Media, Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York. Conversation: Israeli film directors Lina and Slava Chaplin and Olga Gershenson, Professor, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
8:00 PM – Cocktail Buffet Reception (by invitation) will be held at the Anne Frank Center USA located at 44 Park Place (corner Church Street), New York, NY 10007 (212 431 7993)
Ticket $15, all-day ticket $ 25, including Reception $100
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