Cultural Highlights April 11 -
April 25

In this Issue
Israeli films at the Tribeca Film Festival
Westchester Jewish FF
Ori Gersht in Times Square
Artis and Phaidon launch Wallpaper* City Guide to Tel Aviv
Unami Food and Art Fest: a multi-sensory celebration of Israel
Sayed Kashua at 92y
Music by Yotam Haber in Mata Festival
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Israeli Films at the Tribeca Film Festival 
 Apr 19 - 29 @ Various Venues
The esteemed and renowned Tribeca Film Festival is returning and has three Israeli features and one short on it's slate.
A perennially sad, workaholic doctor, Yossi has his quiet world shaken when a middle-aged woman walks out of his past and into his examination room.
Director Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out her Tel Aviv flat. Sifting through a dense mountain of photos, letters, files, and objects, Goldfinger begins to uncover clues that seem to point to a greater mystery, and soon a complicated and shocking family history unfolds before his camera.
Room 514 (Sharon Bar-Ziv)
When a young, idealistic Israeli military investigator confronts an elite soldier with accusations of unnecessary violence against a Palestinian man in the Occupied Territories, her integrity and determination are put to the test as the case proves less black and white than it originally seemed.
Shown as part of the Shorts: Escape Clause program.
Amit and her female life partner Noa decided to take a crucial step and have a baby. The night after Noa gives birth, they both discover that there are certain things you just cannot hide.
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Westchester Jewish Film Festival 
 Apr 11 - Apr 18 @ Jacob Burns Film Center
"We're thrilled to introduce the 2012 edition of the Westchester Jewish Film Festival, with 33 programs that celebrate the diversity of the Jewish experience. In addition to a crop of fascinating documentaries, dramas and live appearances by more than a dozen guests, we're presenting some wonderful new films that come to us straight from Israel. This promises to be an extraordinary three weeks."
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My Lovely Sister (Marco Carmel)

A passionate story of love, longing, and Sephardic Superstition.
A beautifully filmed, affecting story set in 1944 Palestine, still under British mandate, a world on the brink of transformation.
A tender, nuanced depiction of an elderly Tel Aviv man struggling to hang onto his antique restoration business and way of life while forging a fragile, resonant bond with his mysterious shophand. 
Director Guy Nattiv and a brilliant cast bring deep humanity to this award-winning, critically acclaimed drama about a family in turmoil.
In 1960s Poland, two young brothers raised as Catholics joined a gang of anti-Semitic hoodlums. Imagine their rude awakening when their mother reveals their true origins-and that they are not in fact about to move to Australia but to a kibbutz in Israel. 
Ori Gersht in Times Square Moment: A Digital Gallery, New York 
 Apr 1 - 30, 11:57 am/pm @ Times Square
"Times Square Moment: A Digital Gallery" started on April 1, 2012 at 11:57 pm with Big Bang 01, a film created by Ori Gersht. The film will last several minutes. The following digital screens are expected to participate in the preview, which will roll out over several weeks: ABC Super Sign, American Eagle, Clear Channel Spectacolor, Disney, NASDAQ, SL Green Realty and Orange Barrel Media, and Thomson Reuters. The signs will continue to run the content every evening at 11:57 pm, with several screens displaying Mr. Gersht's work at additional times during the day/evening.
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Artis and Phaidon partner to present the launch of the 2012 Wallpaper* City Guide to Tel Aviv
Mon, Apr 16, 7 pm @ Phaidon Soho

In honor of the publication of the Wallpaper* City Guide Tel Aviv 2012 Phaidon, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism and Artis invite you to toast Tel Aviv.

Featuring Legends of Heartbreak and Epiphany in Tel Aviv, a special project and performance by artist Gabriela Vainsencher and a special video compilation featuring work by leading contemporary Israeli artists, including Sharon Balaban, Hadassa Goldvicht, Oded Hirsch, Sigalit Landau, Dana Levy, Leigh Orpaz, Nira Pereg, and Tom Pnini.

To RSVP, email TEL AVIV to

Image: Gabriela Vainsencher, Legends of Heartbreak and Epiphany in Tel Aviv, 2012

Umami Food and Art Festival: Reflections of Taste and Place: a multi-sensory celebration of Israeli art, food and wine
Sun, Apr 15, 4:30 pm @ Astor Center for Food and Wine 
Any serious wine taster can tell you about the importance of earth or place in a wine's flavor profile. Any immigrant can speak of the memories of home invoked by certain dishes. Reflections of Taste and Place expands this notion to include all the senses, bringing Israeli artists, chefs and producers together in a hands-on experience of a relationship to place through flavors, smells and textures. Featuring Guy Goldstein's unique art pieces, Chef Einav Gefen's delicious culinary creations, Taboon restaurant's fresh offerings, a guided tasting of wines by prominent Israeli winery Recanati and by Chef Lior Lev Sercarz's hands-on spice mixing workshop.
Live music, a chance to meet and talk to the artists and chefs, an opportunity to engage all the senses and to take home an individual soice-mixture "souvenir"!
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Image: Guy Goldstein, Work in Process, 2007.
Sayed Kashua in a Bilingual Conversation with Hanna Arie-Gaifman
Thu, Apr 19, 8:15 pm @ 92 Street Y
Join Israeli born Arab journalist and author, Sayed Kashua, for a fascinating conversation with Hanna Arie-Gaifman about his writing and the story behind his hit Israeli sitcom, Avodah Aravit (Arab Labor).
Explore his new novel, Second Person Singular and learn how this highly-acclaimed writer explores the paradoxes of life in Israel through his work. This conversation will be in both Hebrew and English.

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2012 MATA Festival of New Music - Composed by Yotam Haber

Wed, Apr 18, 7:30 pm @ Roulette

New York based Israeli citizen, Yotam Haber, has written a new work for the combined forces of Quartet New Generation (the extraordinary Berlin-based recorder quartet, winner of the 2004 Concert Artist Guild top prize, and hailed as "mind blowing" by the LA Times) and the JACK Quartet. Together, the two quartets perform a modern transcription/elaboration of the Estro Poetico-armonico, the last psalm setting of Benedetto Marcello (the Venetian composer who himself transcribed what he heard in 18th century Venetian synagogues).

Aside from this work, this year's MATA festival represents some extraordinarily enthralling music by 20 young composers (chosen from over 500 applicants) from nine countries in five continents.

For more information: 212-563-5124

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