Six new Israeli films are to be screened at the 69th Venice International Film Festival, including a project of shorts by Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers.
The six films are "The Cutoff Man," "Filling the Void," "Water," "Hayuta and Berl," "The Inheritance" and "Lullaby for My Father."
"Water," a Tel Aviv University Film and Television School project of shorts by Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers, has been chosen to open Critics' Week, the indie section of the festival starting on August 29.
"Water" was one of nine films selected for funding out of 120 film proposals on the subject of water and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The 120 proposals were submitted by teams of Jewish Israelis, Arab Israelis and West Bank Palestinians.
The project, headed by artistic director Yael Perlov, was funded by a consortium including the Rabinovich Foundation, the Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, the American Embassy in Tel Aviv, the French Institute in Tel Aviv and the French Embassy.
"Water" was chosen for the Venice festival by a committee appointed by the Union of Italian Film Critics.
Idan Hubel's "The Cutoff Man" tells the story of a man portrayed by Moshe Ivgy, whose job is to shut off the water of people with unpaid water bills. This film will compete in the festival's Horizons segment.
Amir Manor's "Hayuta and Berl," which will take part in the festival's Venice Days segment, depicts an elderly couple and their problems adjusting to socioeconomic change. One painful night they decide to put an end to their suffering.
Also taking part in the Venice Days segment is "The Inheritance," produced by Arik Bernstein and David Silber. It was directed by Hiam Abbass, a Palestinian living in France. It tells the story of a Muslim family from a village in northern Israel fighting over an inheritance.
Amos Gitai's new "Lullaby to My Father," based on his father's life, will be screened as a special event, alongside his 2009 film "Carmel" about his mother's life.
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