Israeli cinema continues to find new audiences as Bangalore, India gets its first official Israeli film festival.

The festival debuts on July 2 (today) appropriately with the blue-and-white classic Turn Left at the end of the World as the opening film.
The film recounts the tale of a family of Indian immigrants in a small development town in the Negev and their interaction with fellow immigrants from Morocco.

One of the Israeli films that should interest the Indian Audiences is Album 61, a 2013 biopic on Israeli chess player Boris Gelfand, who has played against Indian legend V. Anand.

The year-old Consulate General of Israel in Bangalore is hosting the festival through the end of July jointly with Suchitra Film Society and Bangalore Cultural Partners.

Menahem Kanafi, Israel’s Consul General in Bangalore said he hoped the event would bring Indians and Israelis closer together culturally.

“The festival will expose [India to] the facets of life in Israel and point out universal connections between Israeli and Indian art and life,” he told a news conference.
Kanafi said nine films would be screened, including “Footnote,” a 2011 Oscar nominee in the Best Foreign Film Category, and “The Band’s Visit.”