Arts in Brief - June 14

Slovakian film wins TA Student Film Fest; "The Elixir of Love" performed in Beit She'an.

film fest 311 (photo credit: courtesy)
film fest 311
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‘Fine, Thanks’ wins Student Film fest
The 13th International Tel Aviv Student Film Festival announced the winners of its competitions on Saturday night.
In the International Category, the winners were Fine, Thanks, from Slovakia; Gisberta, from Germany; Echo, from Poland; Germ, from India; and Bingo, from Holland. Two Israeli films were also among the prizewinners in the International Competition: Guided Tour, by Binyanmin Friedenberg of the Sam Spiegel Film School, and True Love Hotel by Alon Gash of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.
In the Israeli competition, the winners were Regila, by Asaf Saban of Beit Berel Film School, and Remember This, by Ilit Zechtzar of the Tel Aviv University Film School. The festival, which was run by the film students of Tel Aviv University and held mainly at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, drew huge audiences. • Hannah Brown
The secret life of letters
Piris Eliyahu has produced a number of stirring performances and albums over the last decade or so. This Thursday the veteran Dagestan-born ethnic music artist will perform a program based on kabbalistic works at Jerusalem’s Confederation House at 8:30 p.m.
The Ad Adei Ad show is based on texts from Sefer Yetzirah, the earliest extant book on Jewish esotericism, which is considered to be one of the principal components of kabbala.
The repertoire was originally devised for last year’s Oud Festival, under the aegis of the Confederation House, and highlights the significance of the creation of the Hebrew letters and the three foundations of the world, as perceived by the kabbala – Water, Fire and Spirit. The work is largely based on the rast maqam musical mode, which is used in eastern classical music to express joy.
This Thursday, Eliyahu, who plays a long-necked sixstringed instrument called a tar and is a renowned ethnomusicologist and university lecturer, will be accompanied by his son Mark, himself an acclaimed performer and composer, who plays a spike violin called a kamanche, as well percussionist Gil Hameiri, and vocalists Nissim Lugasi and Esti Keinan-Ofir.
For more information call: (02) 624-5206 or go to: • Barry Davis
Love strikes in Beit She’an
The Israeli Opera’s (IO) community-based production of "The Elixir of Love" takes place June 16 and 17 at Kimaron Hall in the Beit She’an Valley with soloists from the IO and, from the Beit She’an and Spring Valley communities, a chorus, dancers, musicians and others. These include Keren Even’s hip hop dancers, members of the local community theater, and the Valley Fields vocal group.
David Zebba adapted, translated into Hebrew and conducts the Ra’anana Symphonette in this production of Elixir, which stars young singers from the opera studio.
The IO does one community production annually, and Elixir, which is always a little different according to the community where it is performed, has already been done in Ashkelon, Ramle and Acre, among others.• Jerusalem Post staff
Holon hosts puppets galore
The 13th annual Holon International Puppet Theater and Film Festival for children and adults takes place in and around the Puppet Theater Center from July 21 to 25. The festival features some 80 performances, workshops, master-classes, exhibitions and anything else that will promote and raise awareness for the art of puppetry.
To delight kids aged 5 to 95 there’s Peter, the Wolf and the Thee Little Pigs from France’s Theatre des Ombres, while from Scotland’s Shona Reppe Puppets comes Cinderella with a new wrinkle or two. The Czech Republic’s Karromato marionette theater presents The Emperor’s Banquet, based on a true story from the life of Mozart.
Local premieres include two shows for adults, Crinoline, about a mother ,daughter and a house with secrets, Mamaleh, on how life reels and veers; and, for the kids aged 3-6, The Baby Minders is about an anxious mama bird, a wily snake and a grateful tiger.
Spanish singers and Israeli puppeteers collaborate in Don Pedro’s Puppet Theater, by Manuel de Falla, for the whole family. There are also films from the US and Taiwan and, of course, lots and lots of delightful puppet shows for the little ones, including such as The Wizard of Oz, directed by pioneer puppeteer Eric Smith and veteran actor Yossi Graber, and Petrouchka, from Jerusalem’s Train Theater, which has brought quality puppet theater to Israeli kids since 1981. • Helen Kaye
Israeli authors recognized in Germany
Nava Semel’s Beginners’ Love, seven bittersweet stories of young love, has been chosen by a 29-member jury to be among “The Best Seven” – a prize awarded annually by German radio for the best seven books for young adults. Beginners’ Love is published in German by Jacoby & Stuart, Berlin. It was first published in Israel in 2006, and there have since been Czech and Italian editions as well.
Meanwhile, Germany’s book publishers’ association named author David Grossman the winner of its 2010 Peace Prize in honor of his support for reconciliation between Israel and the Palestinians.
Grossman will be awarded the $30,200 prize on October 10 during the annual Frankfurt Book Fair. In announcing its decision Thursday, the German Publishers and Booksellers Association praised Grossman for always attempting to “understand and describe the position of the Other.” • Jerusalem Post staff and AP