Jordan rescinds submission of ‘Amira’ to the Oscars over story about Palestinian woman learning she was conceived by ‘smuggled’ sperm from an Israeli jail, but an Israeli Prison guard is her actual biological father. – Watch Trailer
By Amir Bogen
Jordan on Thursday decided to rescind its submission to the Oscars following harsh criticism from Palestinians regarding the film’s subject matter, which includes “sperm smuggling” of Israeli men.
Amira tells the fictitious story of a Palestinian girl who discovers that she was conceived by sperm from an Israeli prison guard rather than a Palestinian prisoner.
Mohamed Diab, the movie’s director, also announced that he would stop the film’s current round of screening following the backlash. Continue Reading »
Organizers of the film festival in Singapore resonated the same message that Israel’s been claiming for years: ‘Palestinian media incites violence.’
By Israel Today Staf
Israel’s been complaining about ongoing Palestinian incitement to violence (in violation of the so-called “Oslo Accords”) for years. Now, it seems some in the international community are finally catching on to the problem.
PALLYWOOD at work: In attempts at provoking a physical response by the IDF to humiliate the soldiers and officers on social media, 16 yr-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi slaps, punches and kicks them while family members film the attack. Ahed Tamimi has subsequently been arrested, and is being held for trial.Continue Reading »
Canada, Thailand, U.S. & France sign deals with Israeli production companies at French media event.
“The ideas from Israel are very advanced & sophisticated, but execution in the U.S. is more polished, since we have bigger budgets & more experience.” said Sharon Tal Yguado, a Fox executive.
By Noah Smith
At this week’s MIPTV Media Market in Cannes, France, which officially kicked off on Sunday, Israeli production companies Armoza Formats and Keshet Media Group have already closed major deals for TV formats to be developed and distributed in the United States, Canada, France and Thailand.
A scene from ‘Hostages’ – Photo: Itiel Zion
From Armoza, “Hostages,” “While You Were Sleeping” and “You, Me and My Ex” will all be developed in Canada while Keshet’s “Boom!”
The true story of the son of a Hamas leader who turned against his family in the service of the Shin Bet will be adapted for the silver screen.
Still from ‘The Green Prince’. – Photo Sundance Institute
The feature film will be based on the award-winning Israeli documentary “The Green Prince,” which tells the story of Mosab Hassan Yousef – the son of a top Hamas leader who turned into an Israeli agent. Directed by Nadav Schirman, “The Green Price” clinched the Audience Award for at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
The first installment of Lars von Trier’s much talked-about “Nymphomaniac,” starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård and Shia LeBeouf, premieres in the United States this weekend.
Screenshot from Official Trailer
In Israel, however, no release date has been announced, and although von Trier’s previous films have received positive welcomes from Israeli critics and audiences alike, it’s not even known whether “Nymphomaniac” was even picked up for distribution.
Fatwa issued in Egypt leads 3 Arab countries to ban the Hollywood blockbuster film “Noah” on religious grounds, with at least 3 more countries to follow.
Watch: Official Trailer with Russel Crowe, Emma Watson
Three Arab countries have banned the Hollywood film “Noah” on religious grounds even before its worldwide premiere and several others are expected to follow suit, a representative of Paramount Pictures told Reuters on Saturday.
Islam frowns upon representing holy figures in art and depictions of the Prophet Mohammad in European and North American media have repeatedly sparked deadly protests in Islamic countries over the last decade, fanning cultural tensions with the West. Continue Reading »
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