About The Film
The Israel Museum, the country’s most important cultural institution, poses for its own complex portrait in this fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary by leading Israeli documentary filmmaker Ran Tal (winner of the Israeli Oscar for CHILDREN OF THE SUN, SJFF 2008). From the sublime to the ridiculous, the film’s trenchant, ironic eye presents the Israel Museum as a unique microcosm of contemporary Israeli society—reflecting its good, bad, and rather absurd elements.
Roaming galleries and descending to the storerooms, labs, and conference rooms, the tour may seem random. To the contrary, it is artfully curated, capturing the museum’s extraordinary vitality and variety in a cinematic kaleidoscope of art, history, and national identity.
Ran Tal is an independent filmmaker, whose documentaries (THE GARDEN OF EDEN, CHILDREN OF THE SUN) focus on Israeli reality through a historic social perspective. Tal is the recipient of the Ophir Prize, the Jerusalem Film Festival Volgin Award, the DocAviv Film Festival Award, and teaches cinema at Sapir College and Tel Aviv University.
Cathy Sarkowsky and Max Sarkowsky
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