Israeli Fest Opens in New York, After Success in Los Angeles
by Aaron Krach
The Israeli Film Festival completes its bi-coastal effort February 26, when
the fest makes its much anticipated debut in New York City. Despite a
successful run in Los Angeles, there was speculation that the New York
segment might not happen (see indieWIRE 1.8.98). The NYC event will open
with "Pick a Card," directed by Julie Shles. The film has already won six
of Israel's top film prizes, including Best Picture. Sponsored by the
IsraFest Foundation Inc., the festival will run through March 12.
In addition to a dramatic category, the festival includes a significant
number of documentaries and a special television drama series. Last year
over 30,000 spectators attended the festival.
"I am delighted that we will have the opportunity to present this very
strong line up of new Israeli films in conduction with the on-going
celebration of Israel's 50th Anniversary," said Meir Fenigstein, the
Festival's Founder and Director.