There's nothing I love more than a great film festival. I was aware of the big film festival events during the summer months that take place in Jerusalem (I must have seen about 10 films, I kid you not) and then also up in Haifa. There is something so exciting about the gathering of movie producers, major executives and big movie buffs who join together for movie viewings, fascinating lectures and artistic stimulation galore.
What I didn't know was that Tel Aviv also partook in the action. And you will be happy to hear that your wait won't be long. The EPOS International Art Film Festival begins tomorrow February 1, 2012 in Tel Aviv and lasts just a few days through February 4, 2012.
This film festival specifically focuses on the interrelation being cinema and the arts, hosting films and lectures in categories such as literature and poetry, visual arts, dance, theater, art cinema and a special Tribute to Majewski, just to name a few.
Although I have not heard any news about which films look like the best ones to see (feel free to provide your input), I was immediately intrigued by the film Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told. There's just something I love about those classic Bollywood films, perhaps stemming from an amazing seminar course that I took in college on the history of film. Think Slumdog Millionaire or any other Indian inspired film for that matter. I guess there's a reason Jhumpa Lahiri is my favorite author, a classic Indian writer who writes psychologically charged books based out of the Indian culture. You will find a full list for yourself to see at the film festival's website, see here.
I was also intrigued by the film entitled Book Smugglers which looks into how Lithuania's national language survived and was preserved after being banned and outlawed by Tsar Alexander II in 1863. For someone like me whose study of language has centered around Latin and Hebrew, two language which were both completely extinct at one time in history, a have a keen fascination for this topic.
There are many, may more films from which to choose, about 50 in all; and also lectures on top of that. Because the films will be from producers all over the world, you can expect most of the films to have English subtitles. So that is appealing for foreign visitors. If film festival's are your thing, you've got to go check this out while in town. Time is limited but you've still got a jump start! As a final incentive, the festival's website says that each of Israel's major cities will be airing the films in their local theaters and Cinematheques during the course of the film festival, so be sure to check out your local listings.