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Operation Finale grows with additional casting

MGM’s Nazi-hunt drama Operation Finale, starring Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley, has gained several more actors for its cast according to Deadline. Chris Weitz (A Better Life) is directing from a script by Matthew Orton. It is currently filming in Argentina.

Joining Isaac and Kingsley in the film are Ohad Knoller (Munich), Greg Hill (The Wolfman’s Hammer), Torben Liebrecht (X Company), Mike Hernandez (Honored), Greta Scacchi (Brideshead Visited) and Pêpê Rapazote (Narcos).

Isaac will portray legendary Mossad agent Peter Malkin in the period film, which is based on a true story of the 1960 covert mission where Malkin infiltrated Argentina and captured Adolf Eichmann (Oscar winner Ben Kingsley), the Nazi officer who masterminded the transportation logistics that brought millions of innocent Jews to their deaths in concentration camps.
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MGM Rounds Out Cast Of Oscar Isaac-Starring Thriller ‘Operation Finale’

MGM Rounds Out Cast Of Oscar Isaac-Starring Thriller ‘Operation Finale’
Exclusive: Ohad Knoller (Munich), Greg Hill, Torben Liebrecht (X Company), Mike Hernandez, Greta Scacchi (Brideshead Visited) and Pêpê Rapazote (Netflix's Narcos) have joined the cast of MGM's thriller Operation Finale, which is currently filming in Argentina. Chris Weitz (A Better Life) is directing the project from a script by Matthew Orton. Oscar Isaac stars as legendary Mossad agent Peter Malkin in the period film, which is based on a true story of the 1960 covert…
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Greer Garson, Peter Finch, Zoolander, and more...

1916 Happy Centennial to Best Actor winner Peter Finch (Network), one of only two posthumous acting winners in Oscar history. The other is Heath Ledger. (Curiously they were both Australian)

1924 Marcello Mastroianni (La Dolce Vita, 8½) is born in Italy. Becomes one of the all time great movie stars by his mid 30s. His career spans over 50 years of cinema.

1933 Greer Garson weds Edward Snelson, first of three husbands, though the cohabitation is brief. Ten years later she famously marries her screen son in Mrs Miniver.

1934 ...And God Created Brigitte Bardot in Paris

1945 Mildred Pierce opens. Joan Crawford will win Best Actress for this fabulous noir melodrama

1949 Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis first film together My Friend Irma

1950 American indie icon John Sayles is born in New York. Among his most famous films: Return of the Secaucus 7, Passion Fish, and Lone Star

1951 Franchot Tone marries Barbara Payton, his third wife, a disastrous marriage for both.
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A Tale of Love And Darkness Movie Review

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A Tale of Love And Darkness Movie Review
Title: A Tale of Love And Darkness Director: Natalie Portman Starring: Natalie Portman, Gilad Kahana, Amir Tessler, Moni Moshonov, Ohad Knoller, Makram J. Khoury, Neta Riskin and Alex Peleg. Based on the novel by Amoz Oz, ‘A Tale of Love And Darkness’ marks the first film written, directed and starring Academy Award actress Natalie Portman. The story retraces Oz’s memories growing up in Jerusalem, with his academic father Arieh and his dreamy and imaginative mother Fania, during the years before the Israeli statehood. They were one of many Jewish families who moved to Palestine, from Europe, during the 1930s and 40s, to escape persecution. Fania’s delusion becomes a prominent protagonist [ Read More ]

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Official Us Trailer for Natalie Portman's 'A Tale of Love and Darkness'

"Your innocence will never abandon you..." Focus World has debuted a brand new official Us trailer for Natalie Portman's directorial debut, a drama called A Tale of Love and Darkness, set against the backdrop of the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel. Natalie Portman plays Fania Oz, the mother of Amos Oz, a person from real life who eventually becomes a writer, journalist, and advocate of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The film focuses mostly on his youth and his relationship with his mother. The cast includes Amir Tessler as the young Amos Oz, as well as Gilad Kahana, Ohad Knoller, Makram Khoury and Rotem Keinan. This looks powerful with some stunning cinematography by Slawomir Idziak (of Black Hawk Down, Gattaca). Have a look below. Here's an official Us trailer for Natalie Portman's A Tale of Love and Darkness,
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Oscar Nominated Film Series: Munich - Director Spielberg's Most Satisfying Effort in Decades

'Munich' movie cover 'Munich' movie review: Steven Spielberg tackles political time-space continuum in wildly uneven but ultimately satisfying thriller Alternately intriguing and irritating, thought-provoking and banal, subtle and patronizing, the biggest surprise about Steven Spielberg's Munich is that it – however grudgingly – works. The film, which Spielberg himself has referred to as a "prayer for peace," follows five men contracted by the Israeli government to avenge the massacre of that country's athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Sizable chunks of this political thriller with a Message (capital "M") are simplistically written, clumsily acted, and handled with the director's notoriously heavy touch, but the old adage – blood begets blood – even if somewhat muddled, is too timely not to make an impact. Complex 'Munich' movie plot Based on George Jonas' 1984 book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, whose veracity has been questioned in some quarters, Munich begins as
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Baz Luhrmann's Gatsby is a glittering hymn to the age of jazz, while the monster-robot blockbuster Pacific Rim is daftness writ large

Nothing about F Scott Fizgerald's The Great Gatsby feels especially festive: it's all critical despair in stifling summer air, chilled mint juleps and crisp linen suits. Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby (Warner, 12) is another matter: this luxurious pudding seems more at home in the run-up to Christmas (when it was originally slated for release in cinemas) than it did back in May. That may be because Luhrmann has never met a bauble, sparkler or strand of tinsel he didn't like: like all his films, this Gatsby is dressed and decorated to scrumptious excess.

Critics trotting out the tired "style over substance" epithet were missing the point. Style is substance in Luhrmann's universe, and as such, the film is rather effective in capturing the beautiful but damned
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Yossi | Review

Poor Yossi (Ohad Knoller). Ten years after Yossi and Jagger, Yossi is now a 34-year-old heart doctor with a broken heart who has chosen to totally immerse himself in his work in a willful attempt to forget his past. Visibly depressed, Yossi rarely goes out, he doesn't exercise. He turns down a piece of chocolate because he is watching his figure, but then he engulfs an overflowing plate of noodles. After the gut-wrenching conclusion of Yossi and Jagger, it is no surprise that Yossi is still reeling from Lior's death. Everyone wants Yossi to loosen up, to smile, to have fun, instead of being a grumpy "old" curmudgeon; but Yossi seems determined to avoid falling in love or even touch another human being, as if he wants Lior to be the last person he will ever hold. Even when Yossi does find a date online, it turns out to be
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DVD Release: Yossi

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013

Price: DVD $27.99

Studio: Strand Releasing

Ohad Knoller is romantically troubled Israeli physician Yossi.

The 2012 Israeli drama-romance Yossi is a sequel to the 2002 film Yossi & Jagger, both of which are directed by Eytan Fo.

Yossi & Jagger was the ultimately tragic love story of two men serving in the Israeli Defense Forces. With Yossi, director Fox returns to find out what has happened with the character.

Since the events of Yossi & Jagger, Dr. Yossi Hoffman (Ohad Knoller) has become a valued and dedicated cardiologist, often using his work as a way to escape from dealing with his anguished life. He lives alone, still closeted, unable to break through the walls and defenses built around him since the death of his lover. Even his co-workers find it almost impossible to get close to him.

But Yossi’s daily routine at the hospital is shaken up by the arrival of a mysterious woman.
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Yossi – The Review

Eytan Fox’s gay-themed drama Yossi is a an emotional story of starting to find one’s way back after losing a love – something to which everyone, gay or straight, should be able to relate to. The new film takes place ten years after the tragic events of Fox’s earlier Yossi And Jagger, an international hit film from 2003 about Yossi, an Israeli commander whose secret gay lover Levi is killed during a raid on Lebanon. A decade later Yossi (again played by Ohad Knoller) is still suffering over the death of Levi, remains closeted (just as he was as a soldier) and appears to have few, if any friends. Now chubby and unshaven, he’s become a respected cardiologist. He spends a lot of time at the hospital where he works avoiding the wasted sexual advances of a clueless female colleague and even more time at home trolling gay porn and hook up sites.
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Gay Israelis vs. Unkosher Twin Witch-slayers

Yossi

Eytan Fox's superb sequel to his award-winning love story, Yossi & Jagger (2002), has finally arrived. The original told of two Israeli soldiers situated on the Lebanese border, whose clandestine love affair was struggling to survive in a friendly yet homophobic atmosphere. Jagger, who was a little more out there, did his darnedest to loosen up Yossi (Ohad Knoller), begging him to quit the army and live with him in a more tolerant ambiance such as the one Tel Aviv could furnish. The rosy vision unsettled Yossi, but not for long. Jagger was killed in an ambush - - and buried as a brave heterosexual, at least in the eyes of his parents and his compatriots.

Now jump a decade ahead. Dr. Yossi Hoffman is a highly respected cardiologist, yet a lonely, slightly out-of-shape homosexual. A workaholic, he refuses to take vacations, and his free evenings are neatly eviscerated by TV shows with laugh tracks.
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‘Yossi’ – an accomplished, sweet love and regret story

Yossi

Directed by Eytan Fox

Israel, 2012

Eytan Fox’s follow-up to his 2002 short-feature Yossi & Jagger is an accomplished, sweet love and regret story.

Yossi (Ohad Knoller) is a closeted young doctor. When Varda (Orly Silbersatz) shows up at his hospital for a routine check-up, Yossi’s military and romantic past leads him to a new crossroads in his life.

Yossi is ostensibly divided into two halves. The first half takes place largely in Yossi’s Israeli hospital and the surrounding city and is a trudge towards obvious exposition. It’s the second-half, taking place almost solely in a beach resort, when director Fox’s compositions feel freer and the narrative takes on a looser lilt that Yossi eventually succeeds.

Ohad Knoller gives a strong performance as the title character, but he too feels limited by the stuffy opening to the film. It’s unclear whether Fox thinks that the narrative
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Review: ‘Yossi’ is a Slow Burn Character Study That Sticks With You

A lovingly rendered slow burn of a character study, Yossi impresses its message upon viewers with a quiet fortitude. In this sequel to Yossi & Jagger, we find Yossi (Ohad Knoller), a 34-year old heart surgeon in Tel Aviv, still mourning the loss of Jagger, his lover from a decade prior. A former fellow officer in the Israeli Defense Force. More than both a little oversensitive and a little overweight, Yossi’s obsessive inability to break from his state of grief leads him to an unending cycle of malaise. Dalliances in outdated pornography, junk food binges, and Internet dating prove to be an unsurprisingly poor substitute for love. Unsure of how to navigate his psychical shortcomings in the dating sphere, he posts photos of his healthier, younger self so as not to scare off potential suitors on dating sites. As Yossi is Eytan Fox’s (The Bubble, Walk on Water) touching follow-up to the controversial Israeli film illustrating
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Yossi | Review

Closet Space: Fox Brings a Welcome Addendum to Celebrated Film

Eytan Fox’s much celebrated 2002 film, Yossi & Jaggar, concerning a passionate and secret love affair between two male Israeli soldiers, one of which dies tragically in combat in the arms of the other on the border of Lebanon, clapped a melancholy ending on what seemed a romance impossible to openly disclose both in time and place. A decade later, after debuting several other successful films, Fox returns with Yossi, who has also aged ten years and still remains in the closet. Not only does this followup serve as a continuation of a character from a film that’s gone on to develop a cult status in the queer film canon, but also as survey of progress in the acceptance of queer representation.

Still mourning the death of his lover, Jaggar, Yossi (Ohad Knoller) now works as a physician in an Israeli hospital,
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Yossi Movie Review

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Yossi Movie Review
Title: Yossi (Ha-Sippur shel Yossi) Strand Releasing Director: Eytan Fox Screenwriter: Itay Segal Cast: Ohad Knoller, Lior Ashkenazi, Orly Silbersatz, Oz Zehavi, Ola Schur Selektar Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 1/8/13 Opens: January 25, 2013 There are many ways that the cultures of Iran and Israel are dissimilar. In Iran’s population there exists not a single homosexual, at least not since 1979. If you can’t believe the president of that country, whom can you believe? In Israel, for example, gays may not always be out of the closet but that macho country happily has no problems with gays in the army. Not only that, but gay men and hetero men [ Read More ]

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Competition: Win Peccadillo's 'Yossi' on DVD *closed*

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Returning to the acclaimed role that won him the Tribeca Film Festival's Best Actor award in Eytan Fox's Yossi & Jagger back in 2003, Israeli screen star Ohad Knoller gives yet another extraordinary performance as Yossi, a gay man living out a solitary existence in Tel Aviv. To celebrate the DVD release of Yossi (2012) on Monday 10 December, we're delighted to be able to offer our word cinema-savvy readers one of Three DVD copies of the film, courtesy of the dedicated team at UK Lgbt distributor Peccadillo Pictures This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

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Yossi – review

Nearly a decade ago, the Israeli director Eytan Fox made Yossi & Jagger, a controversial movie about the gay love affair between two officers in the Israeli Defence Forces, one of whom – Jagger – is killed in Lebanon. In this quiet, admirably acted sequel, the still grieving survivor, Dr Yossi Hoffman (Ohad Knoller), is a 34-year-old, overweight, workaholic cardiologist in Tel Aviv with two embarrassingly solicitous colleagues (an amorous nurse and a skirt-chasing fellow surgeon) trying to draw him out of his solitude. By chance, a middle-aged patient turns out to be Jagger's still grieving mother, and in a delicately handled sequence Yossi is tempted to engage with her and her husband. One consequence is the father's invitation to inspect the lover's carefully preserved bedroom (a scene that inevitably echoes Brokeback Mountain).

Another is a drive down to Eilat for a lonely weekend during which he gives a lift to four soldiers
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This week's new films

Sightseers | Great Expectations | The Hunt | Laurence Anyways | Rise Of The Guardians | Trouble With The Curve | Yossi | Alex Cross | Talaash

Sightseers (15)

(Ben Wheatley, 2012, UK) Steve Oram, Alice Lowe, Eileen Davies, Richard Glover. 88 mins

It's been billed as Badlands meets Nuts In May, but what separates this English country killing spree from its influences is its finely tuned sense of humour, which owes more to Alan Partridge or Edgar Wright. That's the black icing on a cake that's already rich with satire, twisted romance and gruesome violence, as our caravanning couple carve a murderous swathe through our nation's more mundane tourist attractions. It makes you proud to be British.

Great Expectations (12A)

(Mike Newell, 2012, UK/Us) Jeremy Irvine, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter. 128 mins

To be honest, expectations weren't that great for this lavish, handsome, star-stuffed but essentially orthodox Dickens adaptation. Despite the epic scope, the dense plot feels crammed in, and
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Yossi – review

Eytan Fox directs a moving followup to his drama about an Israeli commander whose gay lover is killed in Lebanon

Ten years have passed since the tragic events of Yossi & Jagger, director Eytan Fox's drama about an Israeli commander whose gay lover is killed during a raid on Lebanon. Now we're back with Yossi (Ohad Knoller), free of the military, but trapped by his grief – for the death of his sexual confidence as much as for Jagger. Fox uses the introduction of young, out-and-proud soldier Tom (Oz Zehavi) to argue that Israel has changed, and it's just that Yossi – sleepwalking through his job as a doctor – is too lonely to notice. There's a bit of drag in the opening act, and Fox would rather talk about social politics than foreign affairs, but it's a film full of tenderness, resting on a tremendous, sad performance from Knoller.

Rating: 3/5

DramaIsraelGay rightsHenry Barnes

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Film Review: 'Yossi'

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★★★☆☆ Somewhat unfortunately released in cinemas at a time when sympathy for the Israeli military is perilously low, Eytan Fox's melancholic romance Yossi (2012) - the belated follow-up to his own Yossi and Jagger (2002) - is a surprisingly touching story of loss and rekindled sexuality. Featuring a sensual soundtrack (courtesy of Devendra Banhart and Israeli songstress Keren Ann) and several noteworthy performances, including key turns from Ohad Knoller and Lior Ashkenazi, Yossi functions well as a sensitive and emotive portrayal of one ageing individual's journey back from the depths of grief and despair.

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