A movie ticket for less than the price of popcorn? For one day only this week, it’s a reality.
Israeli theaters nationwide will participate in the first-ever Israel Cinema Day on Wednesday, September 3, where tickets to a variety of Israeli-made films will go for just NIS 10.
The cinephile celebration is being sponsored by Israel’s Culture and Sport Ministry and being launched in memory of Menachem Golan, the vaunted Israeli director who died earlier this month at the age of 85.
This doesn’t mean you can grab a seat at “Guardians of the Galaxy” for cheap. But the films on offer for the discounted price are some of the newest and most promising Israeli features to be made recently. Among the films are the best-picture candidates for the Ophir Award — the Israeli equivalent of the Academy Award — in which the winner will go on to be Israel’s submission to the Oscars for best foreign film of the year.
These include Assaf Korman’s “Next to Her”; “The Farewell Party,” by Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit; the Tribeca Film Festival double winner “Zero Motivation,” by Talya Lavie; “Yona,” by Nir Bergman; and the critically acclaimed (and heavily tipped to win the Ophir) “Gett,” by Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz.
Also on offer will be Eran Riklis’s “Dancing Arabs”; Shira Geffen’s “Self Made,” which wowed critics at Cannes; and the Arabic-language Israeli flick “Farewell Baghdad.”