THE WORLD IS FUNNY
Dir. Haolam Mats-hik (127 min, Israel, 2012). IsraeliFilms.
In Hebrew with English Subtitles
The world is wondrously strange in this tender new drama from Israeli fabulist Shemi Zarhin (Aviva My Love, Noodle). An ambitious multi-strand tale about storytelling—and a fractured family—unfolds in a friendly Tiberias, where reality and fantasy intertwine. Told with precision, the connections between the characters and stories grow in richness and complexity as the film progresses. A sharp sense of humor enriches this melancholy yet inspiring film that is a gigantic box office hit in Israel. Featuring an ensemble cast led by Asi Levi, Eli Finish, Danny Shteg, Yehezkel Lazarov, and Moshe Ivgy, the film earned a record-setting 15 Israeli Academy Awards nominations.
A joint presentation of the Embassy of Israel and the Washington Jewish Film Festival