Aussie Film Festival Opens in Tel Aviv

July 6, 2011 Agencies
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It was standing room only at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque on Monday night for the opening of the eighth annual AICE Australian Film Festival.

Ambassador Andrea Faulkner

Nelson Woss

Among the crowd watching “Red Dog,” an adaptation of Louis de Bernieres’ short novel about a beloved kelpie that roamed the Pilbara region of northwest Western Australia in the 1970s, were several luminaries, including actors Gila Almagor-Agmon, Aharon Ipale and Albert Cohen, as well as singer Yehudit Ravitz.

The film’s producer, Australian Nelson Woss, travelled from Australia to speak at the opening, along with Alon Garbuz, the director of the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, Australian Ambassador Andrea Faulkner and Keith Lawrence, the artistic director of the festival.

A second screening was showed on Monday night, with part of the proceeds going to the Israeli animal welfare organisation, Let The Animals Live.

First launched in 2004, the AICE Australian Film Festival has presented more than 80 Australian feature, documentary and short films to Israeli audiences. Screenings in the three main cities of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa take place each year, but the festival has also exhibited in Nazareth, Sderot, Umm-al-Fahem and Rosh Pina.

“Red Dog” opens in Australia next month.

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