The 2014 AICE Israeli Film Festival
Cathy Dee | On 20, Aug 2014
The AICE Israeli Film Festival begins at the Palace Centro cinema today.
To celebrate opening night will feature a premier screening of the highly acclaimed Self Made.
I was lucky enough to see a preview of Self Made. Let me start by saying this is not a movie you can sit back and relax with, you have to concentrate! Partly because itâ€™s subtitled but mostly because the storyline is quite complex.
Described as a black comedy (I disagree with the â€˜comedyâ€™ of this movie, but Iâ€™ll let you decided that for yourself) the film tells the story of two women, one Israeli, the other Palestinian.
Michal, a renowned Jerusalem artist, is introduced first. She falls out of a faulty IKEA-esque bed and hits her head, causing her to become confused (take note). Michal files a complaint with the IKEA-esque company, which ultimately leads to the dismissal of Nadine (the other woman).
As fate would have it these two are women are brought into contact when a meltdown at the border checkpoint causes a bizarre mix-up of identities. It is from this point onwards that you have to pay very close attention to every detail of the movie.
Iâ€™ll be honest this wasnâ€™t an easy movie to watch, I even thought about giving up! But I couldnâ€™t, the story wouldnâ€™t let me go, I had to see how it finished. I wonâ€™t say whether it was a satisfactory ending, Iâ€™ll let you decide for yourself.
Thereâ€™s something to be said for movies that make you think, especially when most of the cinema we see now is so predictable.
The AICE Israeli Film Festival is on at Palace Centro from 20 August to 27 August.
Self Made is the opening night film (20 August), kicking-off at 7pm but arrive at 6pm for canapÃ©s, wine and live entertainment. If you canâ€™t make opening night Self Made is also on 23 August at 6:30pm.
For more information visit the AICE Israeli Film Festival website.