June 6, 16, 23, 27, 2019
Alma Duncan Salon (Level 3), Ottawa Art Gallery
Entrance: 10 Daly Ave. or 50 Mackenzie King Bridge
16th ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL
The Canadian Film Institute presents the Israeli Film Festival annually, in collaboration with the Israeli Cultural Forum (Vered Israel Cultural and Educational Program, and Jewish Community Council of Ottawa) and the Embassy of Israel. Each year, the Israeli Film Festival brings premieres of the best contemporary Israeli cinema to Ottawa, introducing audiences to challenging and engaging dramas, comedies, and documentaries.
All films are presented with English-sub-titles.
$14 : General Admission
$10 : Discount Admission
- CFI Members, OAG Members, Seniors 65+, Students, Children under 12 (Valid membership card, proof of age, or valid student ID will be required)
FREE : CFI Cinephile Members
Advance- Online: See each film’s page for its ticket link.
Advance- In Person: Box Office (one hour to one half hour before each screening)
Advance tickets guarantee you a seat up to 15 minutes before the posted screening time.
Box Office: Open one half hour before each screening.
We can accept cash, credit cards, debit, and Apple Pay at our box office. All prices include HST. See Box Office page for ticket and membership information.
The 2019 Program
Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian | 2018 | 93 minutes
Set in Addis Ababa in 1989, Fig Tree is an unforgettable story of one extraordinary teenage girl's harrowing coming of age. Mina is 16 years old, and it seems the endless Ethiopian Civil War has been going on throughout her entire life. She lives with her brother and grandmother in a humble house and dreams of a better future elsewhere. The family is Jewish and is planning to flee Ethiopia for Israel, where Mina's mother awaits their reunion. But this plan leaves out the person Mina loves most: Eli, her Christian boyfriend, who lives in the woods so as to evade being drafted into the corrupt and brutal Ethiopian government army. Mina hatches a scheme to save her family and Eli, but can it possibly work? Drawing upon her own memories of growing up in war-torn Ethiopia, writer-director Davidian's feature film debut announces a bright new talent in Israeli cinema.
Roman Shumunov | 2018 | 87 minutes
A powerful, finely observed social drama about four young Russian immigrants to Israel, living in the slums of Ashdod. Striving to adapt to Israeli society, they form a hip-hop band, aspiring to participate in an international music festival. Their dream of taking part in the competition is seriously challenged when key band member Andrey suffers a crisis at home. Andrey’s father has been in the hospital for months, leaving him responsible for his little sister and payments on their mortgage. As this intimate and intense drama reveals, he must struggle constantly between caring for his family, work, and still participate in the band's rehearsals. While it’s not easy, Andrey is a determined young man and artist. As with Fig Tree, Here and Now is another impressive first feature by a promising young filmmaker, Roman Shumunov.
Michal Aviad | 2018 | 93 minutes
Working Woman is an engrossing, complex, and very timely drama. With three young children to look after and her husband’s restaurant struggling to break even, Orna feels incredibly lucky to have landed an assistant position with a luxury real-estate development firm. She quickly proves her worth and is rewarded with a promotion. Trouble is, Orna’s career advancement is also accompanied by unwanted advances from her wealthy and powerful boss, Benny. Initially seemingly innocuous, Benny’s personal transgressions with Orna soon begin to arrive with increasing intensity and with hints that if she wants to keep her lucrative job, she will have to play his game. With every professional triumph, Orna is forced to contend with more aggression from Benny. She needs to tell someone, but will anyone believe her? “Eschewing melodrama, Aviad delivers a hard-hitting and empowering drama that depicts murky workplace dynamics and the insidious nature of sexual harassment.” Toronto Jewish Film Festival.