USHPIZIN (Giddi Dar, 2004)

Giddi Dar’s delightful comedy and religious parable, which unfolds in contemporary Jerusalem, involves a young couple, recent Hasidic converts. Impoverished Moshe and Malli Bellanga wonder how they will be able to observe the approaching harvest holiday of Sukkot; what kind of spread can their threadbare cupboard yield for them, much less for guests? And a […]

MY WAY HOME (Miklós Jancsó, 1964)

From Hungary, Miklós Jancsó’s third film is concerned, as usual, with war. In the last days of the Second World War, a 17-year-old schoolboy is captured by Soviet troops, which are occupying Hungary. In the countryside, he is turned over to a same-age wounded soldier; together, alone, they are responsible for herding cows. Robbed of […]