New Jerusalem Cinematheque CEO Is Ready for Her Close-up

In just seven months on the job, Noa Regev, aged just 32, can boast a balanced budget; her first screen test, the Jerusalem Film Festival, starts Thursday.

Three weeks before the start of the Jerusalem Film Festival, on July 10, the new director of the festival and its host institution, the Jerusalem Cinematheque, appeared surprisingly calm. Noa Regev, who is all of 32, took the reins of this venerable institution just seven months ago. She plunged deep into its conflict-plagued workings with the romantic dream of saving it from total collapse, determined to do so...