Margalit meets Eli on a bus and – zing! – for her, it’s love at first sight. He takes a little convincing, his head already crowded with ideas and responsibility. The catch in this little love story is that it’s Israel 1947. Things are…complicated.
Eli (Avraham Aviv Alush), son of the second President of the State of Isreal, lives on a kibbutz where he works all day every day. When Margalit (Adi Bielski) pursues him there, she finds that he’s also helping the Palmach to smuggle Holocaust survivors into Palestine. This only make her love him harder, but his reality is very different from hers, a drama student and theatre lover who is reluctant to give up a life of creativity. Her love is strong enough to make the necessary sacrifices, but the turbulent state of things in Israel means that love will not be enough to overcome all.
This is the true story of the love affair between Pnina Gary (who contributes to the script) and Eli Ben-Zvi. The film sets this passionate love story amid the political turmoil of pre-state Israel.
An Israeli Love Story makes its Canadian premiere as part of the Toronto Jewish Film Festival. Check below for dates and times – added bonus: director Dan Wolman will be in attendance.
Through the presentation of international and Canadian films, the Festival aims to be both a window to and a mirror of Jewish culture. The Festival strives to be inclusive of all aspects of the Toronto community, regardless of age, affiliation or income. We undertake to show films for their contemporary, popular value, and for their ability to address the subject of Jewish identity. That is, to be a Jewish Film Festival, and not a film festival for Jewish people.
TJFF screenings for An Israeli Love Story:
Thursday 11 May, 6:15 PM – Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
Saturday 13 May, 9:00 PM – Famous Players Canada Square 2