Israeli Cinema Goes Dark

There’s a radical type of film being made in Israel now, one where sexual relations are humiliating, home is a place of anxiety, and reality is precarious and unstable. Israeli films about war and the occupation are giving way to a new wave where the danger lurks within.

A girl’s body beheaded by a pedophile, two boys who lock a girl in their bomb shelter, a high-school girl who has to cope with a series of sexual harassments – these are just a few of the disturbing stories and images that Israeli cinema has foisted on us in the past year.