Reel Meets Real

For the past three years, Georgina Kolber has curated an outdoor Israeli film festival on the lawn of the Mizel Museum, with mostly older films. But this year, Kolber wanted the series to be a little more significant and reach a wider audience. So the Mizel partnered with the Denver Film Society to curate New Israeli Cinema, a series debuting tonight at the Denver FilmCenter.

The series begins at 7 p.m. with The Human Resources Manager and continues every Tuesday in July with Israeli films that are making their Denver debuts. “What attracts me most to Israeli film in particular is that they’re really good at poignantly addressing issues that are uniquely Israeli while also shedding light on some of our universally shared experiences,” explains Kolber. She notes that each film will offer a glimpse into a topic facing modern Israel. But the series will also honor the past by spotlighting Amos Gitai, a prolific filmmaker who fought in the Yom Kippur War and whose work, Kolber explains, is “definitely shedding light on some social and political traumas in Israel’s past.” Three of Gitai’s films will screen every Sunday in July at 2 p.m., and Kolber invites people to stay after the credits roll for informal discussions about the movies.

The Denver FilmCenter is at 2510 East Colfax Avenue; tickets are $9.75 general admission, $7.25 for students and seniors, and $7 for DFS and Mizel members. For tickets and more information, visit and
Tuesdays; Sun., July 10; Sun., July 24. Starts: July 5. Continues through July 26, 2011


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