Haim-Aaron is experiencing a crisis of faith – and visions of earthy delights – when his father brings him back from the brink of death. Was the young man’s improbable survival a violation of God’s will, or was it “tikkun,” a way toward enlightenment and redemption? Avishai Sivan imbues the narrative with an indeterminate, hypnotic blend of black comedy and alienated modernism, effecting a singularly uncanny atmosphere. Non professional actor Aharon Traitel, himself a former Hasidic Jew, gives a nuanced, knowing performance as the anguished prodigy, and the black-and-white chiaroscuro cinematography casts the devoutly private, regimented Hassidic community of old Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim in a morally shaded light.

The Band’s Visit

Once-not long ago-a small Egyptian police band arrived in Israel. Not many remember this… It wasn’t that important. A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.