BERLIN - Many Israeli films have managed to win the hearts of judges and viewers and receive much recognition ahead of the 59th annual Berlin Film Festival that will open on Thursday, February 5.
Ten new Israeli movies, mostly documentaries, will be screened at the festival. Two documentaries will be screened in the festival's Panorama program, that, for a change does not deal with Israel's existence, but with different areas – Nati Baratz's "Unmistaken Child" that follows the journey of a Tibetan monk, and Udi Aloni's "Kashmir", that deals with the Indian-Pakistani conflict over the region.
Two other films about the homo-lesbian community in Israel will also be shown in the Panorama program – "Fucking Different Tel Aviv", a collection of short films, and the third part in an international project previously filmed in Berlin and New York City, and Netali Baron's "Gevalt" on the ultra-Orthodox community's protest against the pride parade in Jerusalem.
Other short films to be screened in the festival include Elad Pankovski's "A Way Out" and two other short films - Avishag Leibovitz's "My Eyes" and Dana Neuberg's "Grown Up", to be included in the children's films category.
During the festival, Paul Schrader's film "Adam Resurrected", based on a book by Israeli author Yoram Kaniuk, will also make its European debut.
Eighteen films from Germany, France, Britain, the US, China, Iran, Poland, Peru, Denmark, Greece, Uruguay and Hungary will compete for the coveted Golden and Silver Bear awards.