Gershon and Moshe immigrated together from Russia to Israel 15 years ago and they finally settled in a small house in the neighborhood of Kiryat Moshe in Jerusalem. Gershon is a charismatic spiritual man who teaches students from all over the world. Moshe, the son, is observing from the side, while trying to follow in his father’s footsteps. But Moshe is also trying to examine his own individual self, trying to find his own place in the world. Hillel Chaim Rate • Israel • 2019 • 32′
”(The voice said), “Remember, I’m alive!”Those were the last words I heard before I saw the sky.” Gershon
Hillel Chaim Rate
Ma’aleh School of Television, Film & the Arts
16.10.2019 – 17:00 Astra Film Cinema 2 19.10.2019 – 13:00 Astra Film Cinema 2
As a child of Portuguese immigrants in Luxembourg, Melanie Pereira explores her parents’ past through videotapes, which they used to record their new surroundings and doings in that distant country. We discover their pasts and their struggles, as well as the director’s own effort to adjust in a country where she wasn’t born nor raised, without her parents.
Melanie Pereira • Portugal • 2018 • 29′
Alfred runs an antiquated hotel and café in the Black Forest, where tourists are few and far between. Alfred’s daily routine is characterized by phlegmatic slowness. He hardly leaves his house to reminisce the days long gone. The longer we witness his life, with all its tragedy, the more unimaginable it becomes to bear. Still, there are a few unexpected moments in which Alfred finds his inner peace.
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