The Moadon Seret (Israeli Film group) met for the first time at the Jewish Film Festival on 2/19/2011 and we watched the Israeli Film Matchmaker together.
Dinner before was at the Coffee House Eatery…soups and wraps… perfect match for the rain. But the movie was great – thank you to the Jewish Film Festival for bringing in Israeli films to San Diego…
Link to Trailer
Description of the Film
It is 1968. Sixteen-year-old Arik (Tuval Shafir) journeys from middle-class Haifa to work for Yankele Bride (Adir Miller), a melancholic Holocaust survivor and petty criminal who is also a matchmaker for “difficult cases.” Yankele exposes Arik to a world of Fellini-esque characters – streetwalkers, black marketeers, grifters, and even dwarves running a love-story-only movie house. Yankele’s example of redemption through kindness teaches Arik to be a mensch, while the promiscuous teen, Tamara (Neta Portal), sparks his sexual awakening. In this story of dignity and love, director Avi Nesher (The Secrets, Turn Left at the End of the World) creates a coming-of-age valentine that sparks our optimism for a gentler, more tolerant, and loving world.