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Hagiga —The Story of Israeli Cinema

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Hagiga —The Story of Israeli Cinema

Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 10:30 am

Takes place at:
ArcLight Cinema in the Glen
1850 Tower Drive in Glenview

Part 1 begins at 10:30 am
Part 2 begins at 12:15 pm
Then stay for a rare post-show discussion with actress Gila Almagor

Each part runs 75 minutes
In Hebrew with English subtitles

$18 for both Parts 1 and 2 | $ 13 for each part individually.

Advance tickets are highly recommended. They can be purchased online at the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema website at >

Festival staff will be onsite at ArcLight Cinema in the Glen from 12:00-4:00 pm on October 23 and 30 (the two consecutive Sundays before the Festival) for those who'd like to purchase advance tickets in person.

Midwest Premiere
HAGIGA — The Story of Israeli Cinema
An award-winning, two-part documentary

Watch the trailer

Purchase advance tickets is proud to be the screening host for the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema presentation of this milestone two-part documentary about the history of Israeli cinema. Combining hundreds of interviews captured over two years with rare archival footage from behind the cameras, HAGIGA follows Israeli cinema from the 1960s to the present day, investigating key figures and their films. The documentary challenges the way we think about film in relation to Israel’s history and its dynamic and multi-cultural society.

Part 1, titled Three Fathers, examines foundational filmmakers Ephraim Kishon, Uri Zohar, and Menahem Golan. It explores classic films including Sallah Shabati, Peeping Toms, Operation Thunderbolt, and Lemon Popsicle.

Part 2, titled Next Generation, gets up close and personal with filmmakers such as Dover Koshashvili (Late Marriage), Eytan Fox (The Bubble), Joseph Cedar (Footnote), and Avi Nesher (The Matchmaker). The film also features candid interviews with Gila Almagor, Topol, Assi Dayan, the late great Ronit Elkabetz, and many more. In Hebrew with English subtitles.

Gila AlmagorGila Almagor is an actress and writer known in Israel as “the first lady of stage and screen.” She has starred in over 40 films and is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Israeli Film Academy and the Jerusalem International Film Festival. She has served on the Tel Aviv-Jaffa city council and heads an foundation dedicated to the needs of children with terminal illnesses. In 2004, she was awarded the Israel Prize, Israel’s highest honor.


PLEASE NOTE: Some clips in HAGIGA contain adult content.

Image at Left

Iconic 1964 film Sallah Shabati, starring Topol. Photo courtesy of the Jewish Women's Archive.

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