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Is film dead? Not in Israel!-On Tom Shoval’s”The Youth-Ha-Noar”

“There’s eventually going to be a big meltdown,” Spielberg said. “There’s going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen of these mega-budgeted movies go crashing into the ground and that’s going to change the paradigm again.”Steven Spielberg at a speech  at USC’s rally

“The pathway to get into theatres is really getting smaller and smaller, We’re talking Lincoln and Red Tails – we barely got them into theatres,You’re talking about Steven Spielberg and George Lucas can’t get their movie into a theatre!”-George Lucas

” The worst development in film-making – particularly in the last five years – is how badly directors are treated!”..It’s become absolutely horrible the way the people with the money decide they can fart in the kitchen, to put it bluntly. It’s not just studios – it’s who is financing a film. I guess I don’t understand the assumption that the director is presumptively wrong about what the audience wants or needs when they are the first audience, in a way. And probably got into making movies because of being in that audience”-Steven Sodwerbergh, in a New-York Magazine;’s interview justified his retiring from active film making.

Pretty gloomy, right? Especially comming from two filmakers, who are solely responcible for the blockbuster effect.

But, in a remote places like Israel, movies don’t die, filmakers don’t quit, and ytesterday I witnessed a mirascle, as befitting the land of miracles-my country Israel.

The name of this celluloid miracle is:”Youth- or-Ha-Noar”, directed by Tom Shoval.

Let me state on record, that mew and Tom goes a long way back, ever he started woprking on the Cinemateque’s library.

What amazed me was Tom(and his sibling Dan)’s love and passion for movies. Tom also love to think outside the box, he also atiently took his time to hone his skills, and now , finally he presnted his first feature:””TYhe youth”, is dark, gallowed humor, film, it’s a triumph in all accounts.

The story reflects Israeli society,, violent, shaking from econmomy, which favoured the super rich, and the story of  the Cooper familty- mother Paula, dad-Moti, and the two sons Yaki(David Cunio), a newely enlisted soldier, and his brother Saul(Ethan Cunio), still a high school kid, their father lost his job, their mother is busy in a campaign for electing a new Mayor, and the boys, sensing  that they’re on the way for eviction, act impusively, they kidnap Daphna Edelman, a rich girl, and thinking that her family will pay the ransom. Of course, this goes wrong, and the upshot is tragic in a very unexpected way.

The movie is a politically motivated, without resorting to editorializing, the technical aspoects is great.

The musical soundtrack is sparse, and the performances are just grat, Moshe Ivgi, gives his finest performance in years. He’s so pathetic, vulnerable, tired man, Aand you feel sorry for him, and wish to do something for him and his family.

The non pros, Shirilee Deshe, the Cunios brothers, and  Gita Ameleie, are wonderful, giving the right tone of laughter stuck in your throat(The kidnapping scene is a marvel of dark comedy and chilly fright), and profound sadness..

So who said the movies are dead? Look for Israeli film amkers and especially for Tom Shoval’s movie, which will relase in October. Go and see it in Israel, and eleswhere in the world, you won’t regret it.

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