Since 2015, the Castleton International Film Festival has brought award-winning films from around the globe to audiences in Rutland County. While past editions have focused on French cinema, Latin American cinema, and American independent film, this year’s slate is the result of a collaboration between the Media and Communication Department and the Rutland Jewish Center. With major funding from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and additional support from Jewish Communities of Vermont, this year’s series will highlight contemporary films from Israel.
The festival runs March 4 through March 18 and is free and open to the public. Screenings are held in Herrick Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.
A grieving father steals medicinal marijuana from a hospice, skips work and hangs out with his estranged neighbor's son, while his wife tries to get back to her daily routine as she fights off school teachers, stray kittens, and dental clinic workers.
“Tears of laughter and tears of grief are both in abundant supply in Asaph Polonsky's uproariously funny and heart-wrenchingly moving ONE WEEK AND A DAY.” - Ben Croll, The Wrap
Best Israeli Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Israeli First Film - Jerusalem Film Festival
It is Thursday and another war is hitting the northern part of Israel hard. Three brothers reunite in their childhood kibbutz to bury their father. The youngest is to go to war two days later. While he seeks guidance from his older brothers, who have both experienced the battlefield, the homecoming soon spins out of control.
"There are echoes of The Deer Hunter in this impressive feature debut … Authentic and heartfelt" -SCREEN
Best Production & Junior Jury Award - Locarno Film Festival
Best Feature, Best Debut Feature, Best Actor & Best Cinematography - Jerusalem Film Festival
Michael and Dafna are devastated when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan. While his sedated wife rests, Michael spirals into a whirlwind of anger only to experience one of life’s unfathomable twists, which rival the surreal military experiences of his son.
“An intricate, dazzling cinematic dance” - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
“Fascinating. Funny and beautiful, truly profound.” - Jordan Hoffman, Vanity Fair
Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Music, Best Sound - Awards of the Israeli Film Academy
Best Film, Grand Jury Prize - Venice Film Festival
In Kiryat Yam, a small town on the north coast of Israel, everything seems to have stopped. Lana, a rebellious teenager, vowed to fight against resignation and immobilism. She couldn’t imagine that the rumor of a mermaid off the coast would wake up her town from its torpidity and give her the possibility to finally live.
Best Actress - Tribeca Film Festival
Best Israeli First Film - Jerusalem Film Festival
Deep in the heart of New York's notoriously secretive Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe, a good-hearted but somewhat hapless grocery store clerk, struggles against tradition to keep custody of his only son after his wife passes away.
“A gentle human comedy” - The New York Times
“Genius. A new way of looking at humanity” - Huffington Post