The Israeli films
It looks as if brothers Tomer and Barak Heymann have taken over this year's Haifa festival: No fewer than four of their films are scheduled to be presented. Each of the brothers directed a film that is competing for the title of Best Documentary. In addition, "Bridge Over the Wadi," which they directed together, will be screened as part of a special event devoted to bi-national education in Israel, and "Out of Focus," where Tomer follows choreographer Ohad Naharin, will also be screened outside the competitions.
The brothers' documentaries face off against 11 other documentary films, including one by Yulie Cohen Gerstel ("My Terrorist") and another by Yoav Shamir ("Checkpoint").
This year's Feature-Length Israeli Film Competition has six competitors: "Waiting for Salah-Adin," directed by Ali Nassar ("In the Ninth Month"), follows a resident of an Arab village in the Galilee who is torn between his wife and his first love; "The Little Traitor," by Lynn Roth, is based on "Panther in the Basement," by Amos Oz; "Wild Dogs," by Arnon Zadok ("White Night") with screenplay by Assi Dayan; and the debut films "Julia Mia," by Yuval Granot, about a B-movie director who wants to make a local version of "Pretty Woman"; "Maftir," the independent film by David Dazanashvili, about an ex-convict out to avenge his brother's death; and "Rahamim," by Yaniv Amoday, which depicts the joint adventure of an aging janitor and a small-time hit man.
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