Docaviv film club at the Museum
Once Upon a Boy
Thursday, July 25, 19:00
Director: Uri Levi
Ron is intelligent, charming and full of life, but every day, his movements are increasingly limited by cerebral palsy. Watching his twin brother run and play soccer he has to cope with the differences between them. The film follows this remarkable family’s struggles as the parents try their best to raise three children who are happy with their lot, despite the unfathomable gaps. A daring trip to the US to undergo a complex surgery to halt the progress of the disease reveals different approaches to life as well as the incredible power to live with one’s fate.
After the screening – A talk with the director.
Thursday, August 8, 19:00
Director, Script & Research: Dan Peer
Boris Schatz left two of Israel’s most important institutions – The Israel Museum and The Bezalel Art Academy – as his legacy, along with an endless collection of important, seminal works of art. His life ended while gathering donations for Bezalel, then on the brink of bankruptcy, without ever reaping the fruits of his labor.
Another chapter of his biography seems to have disappeared – the kidnapping of his daughter, Angelica, by her mother who had fallen in love with one of his students. This was an event that became crucial to the Israeli art world, but also to Angelica’s life.
The discovery of a chain of letters in the Zionist Archives, along with a roll of paintings in an attic, send the film’s director, Angelica’s great-grandson, to investigate Boris and Angelica’s tragic relationship, forever baring the revengeful seal of her father and his new family.
Thursday, August 22, 19:00
Director & Cinematography: Aharon Trietel
10 years after leaving the Orthodox lifestyle, Arale goes back to his childhood home to look for Eliezer, his uncle that was kidnapped as an infant. When it is suspected that Eliezer lives in Canada, the family refuses to contact Eliezer, who is married to a non-Jewish woman. As Arale attempts to reunite the family, past grievances re-emerge, returning to haunt all those involved.
After the screening: A talk with the director.
What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael
Thursday, September 5, 19:00
Director & Editor: Rob Garver
Pauline Kael was impossible to ignore. She had strong opinions, devoted fans and a column in the New Yorker that could spell success or failure for filmmakers.
Born to Jewish immigrants from Poland and raised on a chicken farm, Kael was an outsider, a college dropout, and a single mother—yet she became the strongest, wittiest, most influential film critic in the US, and retained her position for thirty years. Her words turned obscure flops into smash hits, whereas films she hated stood no chance (David Lean, the director of Ryan’s Daughter, retired from directing for 14 years after she reviewed his film). This film features wonderful scenes from films she reviewed, testimonies from directors (including Tarantino and Coppola), and footage of her bohemian life. Accompanying the visuals are passages from Kael’s diary, read by Sarah Jessica Parker.