The 26th annual Israel Film Festival L.A. kicks off Thursday with a gala at Paramount Pictures and continues for two weeks showcasing more than 30 narrative films, documentaries, student shorts and television series.
Opening night features the intimate drama “Restoration,” about an elderly man who has a workshop restoring antiques. The film was nominated for 10 Israeli Academy Awards and won the dramatic screenwriting award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. “Restoration” marks the feature directorial debut of Yossi Madmoni, who previously worked in TV.
Other highlights include the drama “The Flood,” about two brothers on the eve of one’s bar mitzvah; “Intimate Grammar,” a coming-of-age tale that was named best feature film at the 2010 Jerusalem Film Festival; and the documentary “Dolphin Boy,” about a young boy who receives dolphin-assisted therapy after he is severely beaten. There will also be a tribute to Jonah Hill, who was nominated for an Oscar this year for his role in “Moneyball.”