Film festival openings are usually convivial occasions with like minded film buffs happy to discuss and recommend the latest celluloid attractions on the program. The Israeli Film Festival was opened by Brian Loughnane, Federal Director of the Liberal Party, at Palace Electric with a small audience, a restrained sense of occasion and more security than the complex is ever likely to see for the Ambassador of Israel Shmuel Ben-Shmuel
But film can make a difference in a world of turmoil. It can bring perspectives to the discussions, opinions and overwhelming sense of impotence we feel. But I’m not so sure the opening night film, Self Made, will have a profound impact on world affairs though it will make you want to groan in unison as the flatpacks and screws from the mighty emporium of all you’ve ever wanted to build for your home creates misery. That aside this black comedy about an Israeli women who can’t remember who she is after bumping her head when her bed collapses and a Palestinian who is reminded daily of her place, somehow have a mystical moment that transposes their identities.
Like those flatpacks we needed instructions. The program continues until August 31, and I do recommend Under the Sun as a story to inspire.