“Karaoke” an award winning Israeli film, made its Los Angeles premier at the 36th Israel Film Festival L.A. on Nov. 30 at the Writers Guild of America Theatre, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills.
The largest showcase of Israeli cinema and television in North America, the event paid tribute to the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University and included a Q&A and with “Karaoke” writer and director Moshe Rosenthal.
“The Israel Film Festival is thrilled to recognize the artistic contributions that the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University and its graduates have made for 50 years to establish Israeli cinema and television at the forefront of entertainment around the world,” Meir Fenigstein, founder and executive director of the festival, said. “Our festival sponsors deserve extra recognition for their continued financial support and donations to bring the outstanding world of Israeli movies and tv shows to Los Angeles audiences.”
The first film school in Israel, the Steve Tisch School was founded in 1972. Many of Israel’s most prominent filmmakers, scholars and critics are among its graduates. Student films produced in the school are regularly screened and win awards in prestigious international festivals.
“Karaoke,” a comedy about a married middle-class suburban couple in their 60s who are drawn to their new neighbor, a charismatic bachelor who has karaoke evenings at his apartment, received four Israeli Academy Ophir Awards including Best Actor for Sasson Gabay and Best Actress for Rita Shukrun.
The mission of the Israel Film Festival is to highlight Israel as the lively and innovative nation that it is, as well as to shine a spotlight on its thriving film and television industry and enrich the American experience of Israel’s social and cultural diversity.
For information visit israelfilmfestival.com.