This year, the Arava Film Festival, in collaboration with the French Institute and as a part of the “France-Israel 2018 season”, is hosting a tribute to French cinema past and present. Recent films include Jacques Audiard’s French-produced Western, THE SISTERS BROTHERS, shot in Spain and Romania with American actors, including Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly and Jack Gylenhaal, which recently won the Best Director award at the Venice Film Festival. Another film from this year’s crop is “A faithful Man”, Louis Garrel's second feature as a director, in which he plays the lead alongside his real-life partner, Laetitia Casta. Both are expected at the festival, to present the film which earlier this fall won the Best Script award in San Sebastian. 

The Another award-winning French film, "C'est ça l'amour" (Real Love) by young filmmaker Claire Burger, was awarded the Best Film prize in the "Venice Days" section of the Venice Film Festival.  "Le Journal de ma tête" ("Diary of my mind") is a French-speaking Swiss film directed by Ursula Meyer and starring Fanny Ardant as a teacher devastated by a terrible crime committed by one of her pupils. The Festival will also present an homage to the late great French director Claude Sautet, screening three of his best known and most beloved films, "Vincent, François, Paul et les autres", "Un cœur en hiver" and "Nelly et M. Arnaud".

Jean-Louis Livi, Sautet's personal friend and the producer of "Un cœur en hiver", will be on hand to tell the audience some of his own experiences working with Sautet. Livi is one of the best known French producers, who has worked in the past with the likes of Alain Resnais, Claude Miller, Jacques Audiard, Alain Courneau and many others. Finally, for our younger audience, the Festival will show Jacques Perrin's celebrated documentary about the patterns of migratory birds, "Le peuple migrateur" (Winged Migration).


The Sisters Brother

Based on Canadian author Patrick deWitt's award-winning novel, The Sisters Brothers tells the knockabout story of two notorious assassins, Eli and Charlie Sisters (John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix). Tough, unscrupulous and cynical, the paircriss-cross the Far West at the height of the Gold Rush of 1851, chasing the crooks who dared cheat their fearsome boss more info

A Faithful Man

In his second directorial feature, Louis Garrel (The DreamersRedoubtable), one of France's best known young actors, plays the central character, Abel, a Parisian  who is told in the film's first scene by his girlfriend, Marianne (Laetitia Casta), that she is pregnant, but not by him more info

(C'est ca l'amour (Real Love

A distressed father of two gets involved in community theater when his wife leaves him in this tender family drama, the first solo effort by French filmmaker Claire Burger, who won the Camera d’Or in Cannes in 2014 for Party Girl, co-directed with Marie Amachoukeli and Samuel Theis more info

Vincent, François, Paul and the Others

This is a key work in the filmography of Claude Sautet, a masterful choral portrait of middle-class France, focusing on the mid-life personal, professional and social life of a few close friends whose relations are bound to be affected by each other's problems more info

Nelly et Monsieur Arnaud

This is Claude Sautet's last film and many noticed the physical resemblance between the director himself and Michel Serrault, who plays M. Arnaud in this picture. This is often considered Sautet's most personal picture, a delicate and intimate story of relations introduced with the utmost subtlety more info

Winged Migration

Shot over a period of four years, this documentary follows several species of migratory birds, traveling several hundreds - sometimes even thousands - of miles toward the equator in the autumn, and returning back to the north in the spring, to spend the summer there more info

Un Coeur en Hiver

Sautet's penultimate movie combines his profound affection for music and his observation of human nature, in one of his most mature, subtle and nuanced features. Partners in a highly regarded violin-making and repair shop more info