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In Israel a new film consciousness emerges, uneasily

In Israel a new film consciousness emerges, uneasily

The Israeli director Eran Kolirin shook up the 2007 Cannes Film Festival with "The Band's Visit," a movie that earned some of the best reviews of the year by examining the intercultural lives of everyday Egyptians and Israelis. The film was so intercultural, in fact, that its mix of Arabic, Hebrew and English languages disqualified it, controversially, from foreign-language consideration at the Oscars.

At Cannes this year, Kolirin was back with a new and equally complex movie. Unlike "The Band's Visit," however, the film, "Beyond the Mountains and Hills," was interested less in bordertown commingling than in an ordinary Israeli family making a series of...

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