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11th Israeli Film Festival from today

abuleleThe Embassy of Israel together with Nepal Film Society is all set once again to bring Israeli vibes to Nepal through the 11th Israeli Film Festival. An opening ceremony was organized at Nepal Tourism Board, Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu, amidst the presence of selected invitees with the screening of the film ‘Apples from the desert’, an adaptation of Israeli drama directed by Matti Hariri and Arik Lubetzky. The Right Honourable Onsari Gharti Magar, Speaker of the Legislature Parliament of Nepal had inaugurated the Film Festival.

The festival is scheduled from 21-23 June 2017 at Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu for public viewing. This year, apart from Kathmandu, the film festival will also be taken to Pokhara and for the very first time to Biratnagar. The screenings for Pokhara are scheduled for 28-30 June 2017and 6-8 July 2017 for Biratnagar. Nepal Tourism Board, OR2K Restaurant and Chamber of Industries Morang are promoting the event.

Inaugurating the Film Festival, The Right Honourable Speaker Gharti Magar said, “2014 was the great year for Israeli film industry. I wish this year would be the same too.”

H.E. Yaron Mayer, Ambassador of Israel to Nepal, briefly highlighted on the films that will be screened during the film festival and invited all the movie lovers to come, enjoy and experience Israeli culture.

The years 2017-18 have been declared by the Government of Israel as the jubilee years for the events that shaped the history of modern Israel. In this regard, ‘50 years of reunification of Jerusalem’ is of a great significance. Hence, 11th Israeli Film Festival is dedicated to the capital of Israel – Jerusalem. The selected films, depicting cultural and social aspects of Israeli life and Jewish tradition, are related to the city and its glory. Prior to screening of each films, a documentary related to Jerusalem will also be shown.

The following movies are scheduled for the festival.

  • Time of favor – Drama (21 June, 2.30 p.m.)
  • Abulele – Adventure (21 June, 5.30 p.m.)
  • Teacher Irena – Documentary (22 June, 2.30 p.m.)
  • Our Father – Drama (22June, 5.30 p.m.)
  • Apples from the desert – Drama (23 June, 2.30 p.m.)
  • Bethlehem – Thriller (23 June, 5.30)

Entrance is Free for all the screenings. Seats are limited.

For more details,

Log on to Embassy Website:  http://embassies.gov.il/kathmandu or

Like Facebook Page:               Israel in Nepal or

Contact:                                  4413419/4419103

 For Pokhara shows contact:    061-467114/9851048357 (Mr. Punam Chandra Giri) /

9846036283 (Ms. Laxmi Gurung)

For Biratnagar Shows contact: 9842033497 (Mr. Upendra Mahato) /

  9852022771 (Ms. Nira Bhagat)
Film Screening Schedule:

 Kathmandu (21-23 June 2017), Nepal Tourism Board, Bhrikuti Mandap

Wednesday, 21 June

2:30 pm:  Time of favor

5:30 pm:   Abulele

Thursday, 22 June

2:30 pm:   Teacher Irena

5:30 pm:   Our Father

Friday, 23 June

2:30 pm:   Apples from the desert

5:30 pm:   Bethlehem

Pokhara (28-30 2017), OR2K Restaurant, Lakeside

Wednesday, 28 June

2:30 pm:  Time of favor

5:30 pm:   Abulele

Thursday, 29 June

2:30 pm:   Teacher Irena

5:30 pm:   Our Father

Friday, 30 June

2:30 pm:   Apples from the desert

5:30 pm:   Bethlehem

Biratnagar (6-8 July 2017), Chamber of Industries, Morang, Biratnagar

Thursday, 06 July

2:30 pm:  Apples from the desert

5:30 pm:   Abulele

Friday, 07 July

2:30 pm:   Teacher Irena

5:30 pm:   Our Father

Saturday, 08 July

2:30 pm:   Time of Favor

5:30 pm:   Apples from the desert
Synopsis of the Films

Film: Time of Favor (2000)

Type: Drama                                    Directed by: Joseph Sider 

Subtitle: English                    Duration: 1 hr 42 min

Show Date & Time:              Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 2.30 pm

Inspired by a true story, Menachem is the commanding officer of the religious soldiers’ combat unit. He is torn between his loyalty to his Rabbi, his duty as a commanding officer and his love to the Rabbi’s daughter. When falsely accused of planning an act of terror, he is forced to weigh his alliances. Menachem realizes that he should be loyal only to himself.


  • Winner of six Israeli Film Academy Awards
  • Winner of audience award at Washington Je wish Film Festival

  Film: Abulele (2015)

Type: Adventure, Family    Directed by: Jonathan Geva 

Subtitle: English                    Duration: 1 hr 30 min

Show Date & Time:              Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 5.30 pm

Ancient legends warn children about the ABULELE, enormous, furry and sometimes dangerous monsters who are able to hide among the human race by making themselves invisible except to special children who are in need of a friend. In this heartfelt family film, ADAM, a young boy grieving from the loss of his brother, discovers an Abulele living in his building. But when Adam realizes that it is not the Abulele but the humans who are the real monsters, he risks everything to save his friendly giant.

Film: Teacher Irena (2010)

Type: Documentary              Directed by: Itamar Chen

Subtitle: English                    Duration: 52 min

Show Date & Time:              Thursday, 22 June 2017, 2.30 pm

  “Teacher Irena” is an extremely charismatic woman, who has only one thing in her life – an enormous amount of love for the children. A single parent, all she ever does, inside the school, and outside of school hours, is to take care of the kids, coming from different backgrounds, and different social status. A moving film about an extraordinary woman.

Film: Our Father (2016)

Type: Drama                         Directed by: Meni Yaish

Subtitle: English                    Duration: 1 hr 47 min

Show Date & Time:              Thursday, 22 June 2017, 5.30 pm

 Ovadia Rachmim is the strongest and most violent doorman of Tel Aviv night clubs. He and his wife Rachel are trying to get pregnant for 5 years. A small time gangster named Shalom, offers Ovadia a job, to be a debts collector, offering him a lot of money. Ovadia sees this as great opportunity to start an expensive private treatment for his wife. As soon as Rachel gets pregnant, he decides to stop working for Shalom. Shalom wants him for the most important mission, the mission in which Ovadia has to betray his best friends. Now it’s the time to pay the price of becoming a father.

Film: Apples from the desert (2014)

Type: Drama                                     Directed by: Matti Harari and Arik Lubetzky

Subtitle: English                                Duration: 1 hr 36 min

Show Date & Time:                          Thursday, 23 June 2017, 2.30 pm

 Rebecca Abarbanel lives in Jerusalem. She is the only daughter of an Orthodox Jewish family. Unhappy with her life, Rebecca becomes interested in the secular world. And then one day she runs away with a young man to a kibbutz in the desert.


  • winner of audience award at Cherry Hill JFF 2016
  • Winner of audience award at Palm Beach JFF 2016
  • Winner of special jury award at San Diego JFF 2016

Nominated for:

  • Three Israeli Academy Awards

Film: Bethlehem (2003)

Type: Drama, Thriller                      Directed by: Yuval Adler 

Subtitle: English                                Duration: 1 hr 39 min

Show Date & Time:                          Thursday, 23 June 2017, 5.30 pm

“Bethlehem” tells the story of the complex relationship between RAZI, an Israeli secret service officer, and his Palestinian informant SANFUR. Sanfur is the younger brother of a senior Palestinian militant. Razi recruited him when he was just 15, and developed a very close, almost fatherly relationship to him. Now 17, Sanfur tries to navigate between Razi’s demands and his loyalty to his brother, living a double life and lying to both. When the Israeli secret service discovers how deeply involved Sanfur is in his brother’s activities, Razi is faced with an impossible dilemma.


  • top prize winner at Venice Film Festival 2013
  • Selected for Best Foreign Language Film at 86th Academy Awards
  • Winner of Ophir Awards for Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Film

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