Enriching the American vision of Israeli life and culture through the powerful medium of film, the Israel Film Festival has definitively become the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States. Running May 2-10, 2012 in Miami, this 26th anniversary year celebrates the finest of Israeli cinema, encompassing over 25 dynamic titles, including award-winning features, documentaries, and student shorts.
Opening Night Gala Salsa Celebration is a Tribute to the Intercultural Exchange Between the Latino and Israeli Communities Featuring the Florida Premiere of Johanan Weller’s Hebrew/Spanish Language Film, Salsa Tel Aviv.
This exciting red carpet event will kick off with a reception at Rouge Waterfront Dining and then will proceed to the Intracoastal Cinemas for the Awards Presentation and Premiere Screening of Salsa Tel Aviv.
Salsa Tel Aviv is a musical romantic comedy abundant with vibrant humor and sensuality. It centers on Vicky (Angelica Vale), a talented Mexican Salsa dancer and a single mother who journys to Israel in pursuit of her ex-husband in order to reunite her family. On the plane she meets Yoni, a young Israeli scientist, who is on his way back to Israel to marry his rich girlfriend, Dafna. Vicki and Yoni are from completely different worlds – almost everything divides them: religion, culture and social class. Despite everything, they slowly develop a romance filled with passion, jealousy, misunderstandings and comical situations, resulting in a surprise twist ending that no one sees coming. (2011, 100 min.)
In the last two and a half decades, the Israel Film Festival has presented nearly 800 feature films, documentaries, television dramas and short films to over 900,000 filmgoers and brought hundreds of Israeli filmmakers to the U.S. to share their art.