As mentioned in Dateline, Harpur Cinema launches its Fall 2016 series with an homage to the Israeli actress and director, Ronit Elkabetz who passed away last April, with ‘Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amselem’ (Ronit & Shlomi Elkabetz, 2014, Israel / France / Germany) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in LH-6. The film will also be shown at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, in LH-6. Admission is $4. For more information, call 607-777-4998.
Co-written and co-directed with her brother, the film is the last installment of a trilogy that focuses on the experiences of a woman struggling through the roles society imposes on her. With Elkabetz’s intense and brilliant acting (often compared to Anna Magnani’s), and its claustrophobic mise-en-scène, the film documents the painful process Viviane, trapped in a loveless marriage, goes through to obtain a divorce. The result is an uncompromising and heart-rending portrait, alternating between scathing drama and bitter comedy that draws the viewer in.
The Binghamton University Libraries have a number of books and videos regarding Israeli film. A selected list of titles are below.
The politics of loss and trauma in contemporary Israeli cinema, by Raz Yosef. Fine Arts PN1993.5.I86 Y88 2011
Israeli cinema : East/West and the politics of representation, by Ella Shohat. Fine Arts PN1993.5.I86 S56 2010
A history of Israeli cinema, by Raphael Nadjari, (streaming video)
Beyond flesh: queer masculinities and nationalism in Israeli cinema, by Raz Yosef. Fine Arts PN1993.5.I86 Y67 2004