"The Museum" is a film that seeks to explore the Israeli soul through the galleries, storerooms and visitors of the Israel Museum, Israel's most important cultural institution.

This is a documentary puzzle, simultaneously intriguing and amusing, which attempts to define the unique essence of the museum within the exceptional geographical, historical and political context in which it functions.

With a trenchant, ironic eye the film follows the visitors, observes the observers, listens to the speakers and descends to the storerooms, labs and conference rooms. The American museum director, the singing security guard, the Jerusalemite curator, the Haredi kashrut inspector, the Palestinian guide and the blind visitor are just a few of the characters that take part in a chain of activities which add up to the museum.

The fears, the nightmares, the endless sense of sacrifice which is such a powerful part of the Israeli and Jewish experience are reflected in the museum's daily existence. From slavery in Pharaonic Egypt through Emperor Hadrian of Rome to Nazism, they're all here with us, all the time, molding the present as if they were living among us here and now.

For about 18 months director Ran Tal collected footage of the museum's daily routine, assembling it into a cinematic collage - observant, sensitive and breathtakingly beautiful.


The Museum

Israel 2017, 72 min, Feature Documentary - New Release

Written & Directed by: Ran Tal
Produced by: Lama Films - Ayelet Kait, Amir Harel, Ran Tal
Editing: Nili Feller
Photography: Daniel Kedem, Itay Marom, Uriel Sinai, Ziv Berkovitch, Zvi Lanzman
Music: Asher Goldschmidt
With the support of: Yes Docu, The new fund for cinema and TV, Mifal Hpis, The Leir Charitable Foundations
Language: Hebrew, English, Yiddish, Arabic with English subtitles

Synopsis


"The Museum" is a film that seeks to explore the Israeli soul through the galleries, storerooms and visitors of the Israel Museum, Israel's most important cultural institution.

This is a documentary puzzle, simultaneously intriguing and amusing, which attempts to define the unique essence of the museum within the exceptional geographical, historical and political context in which it functions.

With a trenchant, ironic eye the film follows the visitors, observes the observers, listens to the speakers and descends to the storerooms, labs and conference rooms. The American museum director, the singing security...

Awards

  • 11th David A. Stein Memorial Award for the Best Documentary, Toronto Jewish Film Festival, 2018
  • Nomination to Ophir Award in the Best Documentary Feature Category, Israeli Academy of Film and Television, 2018

Festivals

  • Jerusalem Film Festival, 2017 - World Premiere
  • Museum of Fine Arts Boston, US, 2018
  • Washington Jewish Film Festival, US, 2018
  • Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2018

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Festivals

  • Jerusalem Film Festival, 2017 - World Premiere
  • Museum of Fine Arts Boston, US, 2018
  • Washington Jewish Film Festival, US, 2018
  • Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2018
  • Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme Paris, France
  • FILAF 2018 – Festival international du livre d'art et du film de Perpignan – Compétition, France, 2018
  • Berlin Jewish Film Festival, Germany, 2018
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, US, 2018
  • Houston Jewish Museum, US, 2018
  • Chicago Jewish Film Festival, US, 2018
  • Jewish International Film Festival, Australia, 2018
  • Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival, China, 2018
  • Kolnoa - Festival of Israeli documentaries, Slovakia, 2018
  • UK Jewish Film Festival, UK, 2018

Awards

  • 11th David A. Stein Memorial Award for the Best Documentary, Toronto Jewish Film Festival, 2018
  • Nomination to Ophir Award in the Best Documentary Feature Category, Israeli Academy of Film and Television, 2018