The 20th anniversary Docaviv: The Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival
The Tel Aviv nonfiction event closes out its second decade with approximately 90 new and recent features.
Among the 15 titles in the Israeli Competition are: Danae Elon’s A SISTER’S SONG
, focused on a nun and her long estranged sister; Uriel Sinai and Danel Elpeleg’s WILD
, about the relationship between a vet and a wildlife hospital caretaker and their charges; Nahar Shabtai’s DER-NISTER (THE HIDDEN)
, drawing from the filmmaker’s two decades capturing his large Jerusalem family, and especially his codependent mother and brother; Jane Bibi’s A PERFECT HOUSEWIFE
, a personal film about the director’s refusal to abide by Georgian ideas of womanhood; Yair Lev and David Deri’s YOU ONLY DIE TWICE
, an investigation into a man who maintained two identities; and Yochay Rosenberg’s THE WOUNDED HEALER
, in which a criminologist focused on sex crimes reckons with a dark secret from his own childhood.
The festival’s International Competition includes a dozen titles that have all enjoyed premieres at other notable events; the quirkier Depth of Field Competition includes titles like Amir Yatziv and Guy Slabinnck’s STANDBY PAINTER
, the tale of an unlikely museum heist in Poland; while the features of the Student Competition are Sharon Shahanny’s A TRAIN TO THE HORIZON
, a profile of four women in a housing project, and Manya Lozovskaya’s HEBREW KISSES
, which follows a Russian Jewish woman newly arrived to Israeli as she undergoes Orthodox conversion to be with an Israeli Jew.
THE KING OF BÖREK
The Panorama section offers additional Israeli nonfiction, including: Noga Nezer’s hybrid THE GERMAN
, in which the filmmaker suspects her German lover of nefarious intent; Orit Ofir Ronell’s THE KING OF BÖREK
, tracing the rise and fall of a self-made Bulgarian-Israeli baking family dynasty; Nili Tal’s DADDY, WHERE IS MOM AND GRANDMA?
, a true crime tale of a double murder and child abduction case; Avi Weissblei’s THE ASSASSINATION
, an investigation into an unsolved case of the murder of a Zionist leader in 1933; and Rachel Elitzur’s COVERED UP
, the filmmaker’s personal exploration of ultra-Orthodox strictures around women’s rights and self-expression. Remaining strands include a focus on auteurs, art, music, and fashion, as well as retrospective programming from the festival’s earlier editions.