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A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA
"[For] anyone who's just interested in a gripping, unsentimental drama with a lot of action and a pacifist message of hope and reconciliation, A Bottle in the Gaza Sea is must-viewing."
- Jeff Henrich, Montreal Gazette
"Heartfelt! [Bottle] is a gentle pairing of youthful idealism and tenacious hope."
- Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
"This is the story of people who dream big and find a commonunderstanding...No matter where your sympathies lie,it's hard not to get behind that."
- Robert Levin, AM New York
Official Selection - SXSW Film Festival
"The simple sweetness of this heartfelt effort arrives as both endearing and culturally provocative."
- Toddy Burton, The Austin Chronicle
"A gem of a film, beautifully shot and perfectly cast!"
- Mary Glucksman, Filmmaker Magazine
"ARRANGED is a must-see in this globalized world!"
- Alex Navissi, The Daily Texan
Winner - Best Screenplay - Award of the Israeli Film Academy
"Released as the settlements on the Gaza Strip were being dismantled, Cedar's film offers a refreshing new perspective of them and a sly critique of their origins."
- Ken Fox, TV Guide
"Remarkable! A winningly heartfelt little gem!"
- Jen Johans, Film Intution
"Always engaging to watch! A very warm and character-driven film that tackles the very timely, provocative subject of racial discrimination in a surprisingly gentle way."
- Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Day Break is a brilliant psychological character study about a man who has to balance his thirst of life with a thirst for death "
- C. Dempsey, Cinephilia.com
"Day Break signals once again that Iranian filmmaking remains a force in world cinema, and that Hamid Rahmanian is a filmmaker to keep an eye out for."
- John Nesbit, ToxicUniverse.com
EAST JERUSALEM WEST JERUSALEM
"While collaborations like this aren't unprecedented, the timing and scope of this project has far-reaching effects. The album is good; the making-of documentary is extraordinary."
- Jordan Hoffman, Vanity Fair
"At a time when Israel and Palestine seem as hopelessly divided as ever, the documentary shows how artistry can wrestle with heavy societal themes to inspire personal, soul-stirring music."
- Zach Sharf, IndieWire
"...Israeli filmmakers Erez Miller and Henrique Cymerman manage to inject a sense of optimism into a conflict that often seems desperate and without solution."
- Andrea R. Vaucher, The Wrap
FOR MY FATHER
Nominated - Best Supporting Actor - Award of the Israeli Film Academy
"Quite simply the most powerful and moving films I can remember seeing in years!"
- Eric Alterman, The Huffington Post
"Rich, moving [and] beautifully performed...I absolutely and unequivocably recommend it!"
- James van Maanen, TrustMovies.com
"A satisfying small film with a generous helping of privileged moments in which the characters can just be."
- George Robinson, The New York Jewish Week
Official Selection - Toronto Int'l Film Festival
"Absorbing and touching!"
- Ray Bennett, The Hollywood Reporter
"An honest and movie look at just how hard it is for love to conquer all."
- Nora Lee Mandel
"A triumph in every sense of the word...Israeli import Jaffa is downright fantastic!"
- Sara Michelle Fetters, Movie Freak
LE GRAND VOYAGE
Winner - Best Film - Mar del Plata Int'l Film Festival
"In this remarkable directorial debut, the stern father of a Muslim family in France has his teenage son drive him to Mecca for the religious pilgrimage known as the hajj."
- Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"This movie is why we watch foreign films."
- Eric Hanson, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The movie provides a welcome alternative to the stereotypical images of Islam that plague popular culture."
- Marc Mohan, The Oregonian
MEN AT WORK
Winner - Best Screenplay - Fajr Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Berlin Int'l Film Festival
"The film is perfectly enjoyable and quite hilarious...it reveals an unknown by depicting the middle class of Iran"
- Christopher Campbell, Cinematical
"Terrific! The real pleasure here is watching the interactions of four good friends."
- Time Out Chicago
"All the characters here are warm, human and convincing, and the film glides easily from the initial tone of light humor to the increasingly painful drama."
- Michael Wilmington, The Chicago Tribune
OFF WHITE LIES
Official Selection - Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival
"Charming...full of wit, [and] sex appeal! Vibrant with juicy young cinema."
- Yair Raveh, Cinemascope
"A fast-paced, heart warming debut - a story that's as funny as it is moving."
- Mara Klein, Nisimazine
Winner - Best Feature Film - Brussels Jewish Film Festival
Official Selection - Rotterdam Int'l Film Festival
"One of Tribeca's finds of ! It also features the most complex role for an actress in the festival thus far."
- Kent Turner, Film Forward
"A masterful project!"
- Howard Feinstein, indieWIRE