Three Israeli Movies to Be Screened at New York's Prestigious Tribeca Film Festival

'The Love Letter,' written and directed by Atara Frish is about a woman army commander who receives a mysterious love letter from one of her female soldiers

From the film "The Love Letter"
A female love story

"The Love Letter," written and directed by Atara Frish, is entered in the short films category of New York’s Tribeca Film Festival. This is the third Israeli film to be screened at the prestigious festival, which runs from April 18 to 29 in Lower Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood.

Frish’s film is one of 55 shorts from 22 countries, selected from 4,754 films worldwide. Women directed some 40 percent of the films.

Frish’s movie is about an IDF basic training commander, played by Gili Beit Halachmi, who receives a mysterious love letter from one of her female soldiers. She suspects the letter is a fraud and is torn between sticking to military discipline rules and her yearning to feel, if only for a moment, loved.

The 19-minute film was produced as part of a full length movie incorporating five short ones, helmed by five women and produced at the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University.

From the film "The Love Letter"
Frame from the film "The Love Letter"

Frish, a film student at the university, is now turning “The Love Letter” into a television series.

Two other Israeli films will make their debut at the festival this year. Keren Ben-Rafael will present “Virgins,” about a rebellious teenager from Kiryat Haim, who is intrigued by the rumor of a mermaid sighting off the coast. Hagar Ben-Asher will present “Dead Woman Walking,” nine vignettes about the last day on death row for a group of women.