|Dancing Arabs opens the Israeli Film Fest on June 4.|
This year’s festival might doesn’t feature a repeat appearance from Patrick Stewart, but it does include four Ottawa premieres of acclaimed and award-winning Israeli films. The festival opens with the drama Dancing Arabs by Eran Riklis, the acclaimed director of Lemon Tree, The Syrian Bride, and Zaytoun. Dancing Arabs comes to Ottawa after screening at a range of International festivals including Locarno and Telluride. Variety’s Jay Weissberg called it Riklis’s best film in years, while Boyd Van Hoeji of The HollywoodReporter gives top marks to the performances, ideas of cultural identity and historical legacy, and range of flawed characters who confront their own place in the world.
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