Israel's First 'Lebowski Fest' to Be Held in Jerusalem Next Week

Jeff Bridges' character 'The Dude' from Joel and Ethan Coen's popular 1998 film will be celebrated.

Nir Hasson
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Israel's first "Lebowski Fest," in celebration of Ethan and Joel Coen's 1998 film "The Big Lebowski," will be held next week in Jerusalem. The cult comedy has spawned Lebowski festivals around the world over the past decade, notably in the United States and recently also in London.

The first Lebowski fest was held in 2002 in Kentucky, followed by a number of cities including New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Austin (Texas ), Seattle, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco. The event is being publicized mainly through Facebook.

Jeff Bridges in a scene from the Coen brothers’ cult classic.Credit: Joel & Ethan Coen

The film follows the life of main character Jeffrey Lebowski, played by Jeff Bridges, who goes by the name "The Dude." Lebowski is an aging hippie who mostly passes his time smoking marijuana and bowling with his Vietnam War veteran friend Walter Sobchak (played by John Goodman ) and another friend, Donny Kerabatsos (played by Steve Buscemi ).

In the spirit of the film, the festival in Jerusalem, which will take place on Thursday of next week, will be held at a bowling alley in the city's Talpiot industrial zone. In addition to a showing of the movie, there will be a bowling tournament, a costume contest built around the characters in the film and a trivia contest. The event organizers also promise a steady supply of "The Dude's" favorite drink, White Russian.

Tickets are only available in advance at NIS 60 per person, which includes one White Russian, or NIS 90, which includes participation in the bowling tournament and unlimited White Russian.

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