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By Mark Levy
Last Updated 8/4/2015 at 3:20 PM
Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center: The entire city is chattering about the Summer’s hottest film, “Netanya“, a chilling film seen through the eyes of the heroine as she watches her friends, family, and neighbors slowly turning into Francophones. The movie, set in the seaside city of Netanya north of Tel Aviv, was filmed using handheld cameras with unknown actors on a limited budget. Daily Freier’s Arts and Entertainment Reporter talked to moviegoers as they exited the theater last night.
“Oh my God, when she sat down with her husband at their favorite hummus place, and he smiled at the waiter and ordered bouillabaisse in perfect French, and then she started screaming, I jumped 5 feet out of my seat.” said an excited Rachel G.
Rachel’s friend Danny R. was equally enthused. “When she escaped the restaurant and ran into her parents’ house, and she sees them in the living room eating brioche and watching a Jerry Lewis movie, and then her dad locks the door behind her……..scared the living heck out of me.”
Another movie at the Festival, about a zombie outbreak in a large Anglo community of Olim immigrants, was panned as unrealistic by moviegoers. Audience member Yossi C. summed up the film’s failures: “Maybe if they made the movie about a bunch of Anglo zombies who SAY they’re going to make Aliyah every year without actually, you know, “MAKING ALIYAH.”…..that would be more realistic.”