Israeli movies in 2017: Controversy and diversity

A successful film industry doesn’t produce only films that win prizes abroad but also movies that local audiences enjoy.

December 28, 2017 15:35
‘THE WOMEN’S BALCONY’ was the biggest Israeli hit of the year. A comedy-drama by Emil Ben-Shimon, it

‘THE WOMEN’S BALCONY’ was the biggest Israeli hit of the year. A comedy-drama by Emil Ben-Shimon, it takes place in the Bukharan Quarter of Jerusalem. (photo credit: ETNIEL ZION)


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People argued about Israeli movies in 2017. They loved some and hated others, but best of all, they saw them. Movies ignited passions around the country and around the world, as they told new stories and retold old ones. Arguments and discussions over these movies are still raging, and they won’t die down anytime soon, because this year the movies were just too good to ignore.

The biggest story of the year, though, was actually about a movie – Shmulik Maoz’s Foxtrot – and the one person who refused to see it, Minister for Culture and Sport Miri Regev.


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