IDEALS AND TRUTH
The film Child 44, based on Tom Rob Smith’s best-selling novel, takes place in 1952 during Stalin’s regime in the Soviet Union. An idealistic secret-service agent is sent to investigate a series of child murders. The investigation becomes convoluted when the government refuses to acknowledge the existence of a serial killer in Soviet Russia. The clues begin to mount up, and the agent become increasingly suspicious that government officials are involved.
Opens in theaters on April 16.
2 THE SWEET ITALIAN LIFE
The Italian Cultural Institute of Tel Aviv presents the second annual Cinema Italia film festival, under the auspices of the Italian Embassy in Israel. The seven new films in the program give viewers the opportunity to become familiar with Italy’s current film industry. Among the themes highlighted are the economic crisis and the intricacies of Italian organized crime.
There will also be screenings of classic Italian films by directors such as Vittorio De Sica and Federico Fellini.
April 14 to 30 at the Jerusalem Cinematheque. For more information, call *9377; (02) 565-4333.
MTV HONORS THE BEST
The 2015 MTV Movie Awards is the only award event where Guardians of the Galaxy and American Sniper compete head to head, and actresses such as Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson vie for the Golden Popcorn statuette for Best Actress. Other categories see actors such as Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen vie for the Best WTF Moment award, Meryl Streep and J.K. Simmons for Best Villain and plenty more. Hosted by Amy Schumer.
April 13 at 9 p.m. on HOT channels 25 and 89 and YES 75.
SHALOM IN THE ATTIC
Shalom Hanoch’s latest album The Incident and the Mistake features 12 new songs. Hanoch and record producer Louis Lahav set up a recording studio in Hanoch’s attic, where a number of musical guests recorded the album. To celebrate the release of the album, the king of Israeli rock and roll will perform three concerts this month.
Friday at the Zappa-Amphi Shoni, Jabotinsky Park, Binyamina. For tickets and information, call *9080; (03) 762-6666. For information about the other two shows, call 077-408-0145.
5 VIENNESE CHORAL CONCERT
The Jerusalem Academy Chamber Choir, led by American conductor Stanley Sperber, will perform works by the great Viennese composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert and Bruckner.
The theme of the concert is Brahms’s waltzes “Songs of Love.”
Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Felicja Blumental Center, 26 Bialik Street, Tel Aviv. For tickets, call (03) 620-1185.
BIRDS’ EYE VIEW
The delightful exhibition “Defining Birds” includes some 50 works by Jerusalem artists and their children.
Initiator and curator of the exhibition Gustavo Sagorsky has brought together the innocent world of the child with the critical viewpoint of the mature artist. The artists used various techniques such as sculpting, painting, video, photography, sound and text, and their children chose a bird to be researched and studied. Free entrance during the spring.
Jerusalem Bird Observatory (adjacent to the Knesset), Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 052-386-9488.
Comedian David Kilimnick takes his audiences through the secrets that have made him the successful Israeli he is today. He goes through the journey of aliya, growing up as a religious American Jew and being single. He also shares his platform for change. Accompanied by some of Jerusalem’s finest comedians, he will also talk about Passover.
Sunday at 8:30 p.m. at Off The Wall Comedy Basement, 34 Ben-Yehuda Street, Jerusalem. For more information, call 050-875-5688.
BRINGING VIDEOS TO LIFE
YouMake, ReMake is a multidisciplinary performance that creates an interaction between stage and video. YouTube videos for children will be screened on stage, and the actors will react to and converse with them, bringing new interpretations to the videos. The resulting is hilarious, shifting through movement, music and imagination. Performance director: Renana Raz.
Friday at 11 a.m. at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. For more information, call (03) 607-7020.
SAY A LITTLE PRAYER
Five-time Grammy winner Dionne Warwick will perform in Tel Aviv. The singer’s The music star is an icon in American pop culture, with a career that spans more than 50 years, boasting more than 75 hit songs and 100 million records sold. The concert will benefit the children of the nonprofit Variety, with NIS 10 from every ticket donated to the organization .
May 19 at the Menora Mivtahim Arena (Yad Eliyahu), Tel Aviv. For tickets, call *8780; www.leaan.co.il.
The Vertigo Dance Group returns after a successful tour in Europe and opening for a new dance festival in Germany. The group’s newest performance, Global Vertigo, is a piece created as a result of meeting international choreographers who chose dancing as a way of life. The piece channels the past and future from three different viewpoints.
April 19 and 20 at the Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv. For tickets, call (03) 501- 5656; (02) 624-4176; www.vertigo.org.il.