The Least Well-known Star of Israeli Cinema

Now starring in two new movies, Alon Aboutboul is a distinctive presence in the Israeli landscape. So why hasn’t he become a cinematic institution like Moshe Ivgy?

For three decades, the actor Alon Aboutboul has been one of the mainstays of the Israeli film industry. Since the beginning of the 1980s, hardly a year has gone by in which he hasn’t appeared in a lead or supporting role in a local film. At present he can be seen in two films: In Yossi Madmoni’s “A Place in Heaven,” he plays a renowned Israeli army officer across the 50 years...