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Director, Actor of Oscar-Nominated “Footnote” Among Leading Artists of Israeli Cinema to Attend YU’s Ring Family Film Festival

Yeshiva University will present the Ring Family Film Festival from February 14-23, titled “A Lens on Israel: A Society through its Cinema.” The four-part festival will be supplemented by a variety of lectures, workshops and open forums with leading Israeli actors, writers, producers and directors.

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“The festival will provide students and members of the broader Yeshiva University community intimate insight into the dynamic nature of Israel and its diverse population through cinema,” said Eric Goldman, adjunct associate professor of cinema at Yeshiva University and artistic director and moderator of the festival.

The festival gets underway on February 14 at 7:30 p.m. with the screening of the internationally-acclaimed drama, “Restoration,” from director Joseph Madmony. The film, which was awarded “Best Screenplay” at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for 11 Ophir Awards—the highest honor given by the Israeli film industry—is a touching study of a man and his relationship with his son and our attachment to old things and memories. It will be screened at Lamport Auditorium, 2540 Amsterdam Ave. on YU’s Washington Heights Wilf Campus.

The 2008 film, “For My Father,” will be shown on February 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lamport Auditorium. The film, from director Dror Zahavi, is about a Palestinian who finds himself in Tel Aviv for Shabbat with ulterior motives. Both films will be followed by a post-screening discussion with Noemi Schory, renowned Israeli filmmaker, educator and producer for Yad Vashem. Schory will also conduct workshops on campus and will screen her 2010 award-winning film, “A Film Unfinished,” which examines how German cameramen manipulated film images in the Warsaw Ghetto to create Nazi propaganda.

On February 16 at 7:30 p.m., YU will host a special screening of “Footnote” at the Schottenstein Cultural Center, 239 East 34th Street, New York City on YU’s Beren Campus. The film, scheduled for theatrical release in mid-March, explores the lives of father and son Talmudic scholars who find themselves in competition with each other. “Footnote,” winner of “Best Screenplay” at Cannes and “Best Picture” at the Ophir Awards, is nominated for “Best Foreign Language Film” at this year’s Academy Awards. Following the screening, director Joseph Cedar, an observant Jew who won “Best Director” at this year’s Ophir Awards, will take questions from the audience.

The festival concludes with “Three Mothers” on February 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Lamport Auditorium. The 2006 film explores Israel’s history through the lives of three Egyptian-born sisters and is a powerful study of an Egyptian family of prominence that leaves Egypt for Israel in the 1950s. Director Dina Zvi-Riklis will take questions from the audience after the screening.

“We are bringing Israeli film here to introduce our students to the Israel of today,” said Festival Producer Norman Adler, University professor of psychology and special assistant to the provost for cultural affairs.

The Ring Family Film Festival at Yeshiva University is conceived and inspired by Frank Ring, a member of the Yeshiva College Board of Overseers and is supported together with Michael Ring, a member of the Stern College for Women Board of Overseers, who with their wives, Louise and Rochelle, respectively, are YU Guardians, and have been generous supporters of Yeshiva University and other Jewish and Israeli causes.

The festival is free and open to the public but space is limited. To learn more or to reserve tickets visit www.yu.edu/film-festival.