Museum, The

Ran Tal | 2018 | 74 min | Israel | English subtitles


Great Neck Squire Cinemas (Aud 2) Sun, Nov 11, 2018 1:00 PM
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Music, Art & Fashion
Films with Q&A
Jewish Interest
Release Year:2018
Running Time:74 minutes
Premiere Status:Long Island Premiere
Production Country:Israel
Original Language:Hebrew
Festival Awards:Winner
Best Documentary
Toronto Jewish Film Festival
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ran Tal
Producer:Ayelet Kait
Amir Harel
Ran Tal
Cinematography:Daniel Kedem
Editing By:Nili Feller
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Date Search:Sun. 11/11
Venue:Bow Tie - Great Neck
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Housing one of the world’s greatest collections of art and antiquities, the Israel Museum poses for its own complex portrait in this elegant observational documentary, revealing its central role in the complicated narrative of the nation.

Sitting high on the brow of a Jerusalem hill directly opposite the Knesset, the sprawling institution—now more than half a century old—contains nearly half a million objects, from the Dead Sea Scrolls to Crusader armor to masterpieces by Rembrandt and Marc Chagall. A less ambitious film would provide a hit parade of the museum’s contents. Instead, The Museum is wisely constructed as a set of loose encounters with its human inhabitants.We eavesdrop on the curators, museum guards, archaeological conservators, visiting schoolchildren, and even the resident rabbi, who together form a kaleidoscopic picture of the way art, history and national destiny intersect in the galleries. Director Ran Tal (Children of the Sun), while showcasing the deep artistic and educational values that underlie the museum’s work, also gently exposes its ideological fault lines: we watch an Army docent use the museum’s archaeology to indoctrinate her trainees, while Arab and Jewish curators wrestle with the moral implications of displaying Palestinian artifacts. Through it all, the Israel Museum emerges as a shining example of a nation’s highest aspirations for itself.

Q&A WITH SPECIAL GUEST: Maureen Cogan, Co-Chair of the International Friends of the Israel Museum