The Weekly Schmooze: Douze point for Israel?

Jewish culture news worldwide: Ari Folman at Cannes; "The Goldbergs" hit network TV; Amy Winehouse exhibit.

May 16, 2013 12:52
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Cancel all your plans for tonight (Thursday) – it's Israel's turn in the Eurovision semi-finals. Singer Moran Mazor will be representing Israel with the song "Rak Bishvilo" (Only For Him). Her appearance is not without controversy, as pro-Palestinian activists are planning to demonstrate outside in Malmo, Sweden, where the song contest is being held, and a counter-protest "kippah march" will be held at the same time. Plus, last month, Mazor was barred from wearing a dress designed by John Galliano, who was fired from Dior for making anti-Semitic slurs. Still, let's hope that Mazor gets "douze point" despite the controversy, and makes it to the finals on Saturday night. Meanwhile, check out the music video for her song, featuring beautiful views of the Arava.

Israeli director Ari Folman, best known for "Waltz with Bashir," premiered his latest film, "The Congress," at the Cannes Film Festival this week. "The Congress," loosely based on Stanislaw Lem's book The Futurological Congress, stars Robin Wright as an actress who loses her identity when she agrees to be digitized for money, and features trippy animation sequences and other high-profile actors like Harvey Keitel, John Hamm and Paul Giamatti.

Check out the trailer:

Amy Winehouse's 30th birthday would have been in July, and the London Jewish Museum is commemorating it with an exhibit on her family life. Her brother, Alex Winehouse, told Vogue UK that the singer was proud of her Jewish roots and that the family was very traditional. The exhibit will feature personal photographs of Winehouse, who died of an overdose in 2011, and her belongings, like her guitar, Grammy Award and clothing.

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If you think there aren't enough Jewish stereotypes of 80s nostalgia on TV, ABC has the perfect show for you: "The Goldbergs." Based on home videos actor Adam Goldberg (a.k.a. "The Hebrew Hammer") dug up, the show features an overbearing Jewish mother, a dad who calls everyone a "moron," a JAP sister, a terrible teen driver brother, a grandfather who's losing it, and little Adam, who films every moment with his camcorder. The show will air on Tuesdays, starting in the fall.

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