10.07.2011 08.Tammus, 5771
There are a good number of classics, newcomers and documentaries to put on your must-see list.
The 28th Jerusalem Film Festival, which runs from July 7-16 at the Jerusalem Cinematheque (and other venues around the city), offers a dazzling variety of films. But if you can’t make your way through the embarrassment of cinematic riches listed in the 280-page catalog, here are a few suggestions.
For an intense cinematic experience, consider Terrence Malick’s modern classic Badlands (1973). Malick was in the news recently again when his latest film, The Tree of Life, won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The reclusive director has made only five films in his nearly 40-year career, and many still consider Badlands to be his greatest achievement. Loosely based on a serial killer’s spree in the US in the 1950s, it stars a very young Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek, who give brilliant performances in this highly stylized, disturbing and gripping film. Nachman Ingber, the film scholar who is being honored with an achievement award, chose to include the film in this year’s festival….