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
Producer: Amir Harel , Ayelet Kait
Production Company: Lama Films
Duration: 72 min.
Date of Release: 2017
Country of Production: Israel
Shooting Format: HD
Language: Hebrew, Arabic, English, Yiddish
Festivals & Awards
Jerusalem Film Festival, 2017
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, US, 2018
Washington Jewish Film Festival, US, 2018
Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2018
Best Documentary, 11th David A. Stein Memorial Award
Israeli Academy of Film and Television, 2018
Nomination to the Best Documentary Ophir Award
The Israeli Documentary Filmmakers Forum Awards, 2018 –
5 Awards in the following categories : Cinematography – Daniel Kedem, Editing – Nili Feller, Music – Asher Goldschmidt, Sound – Aviv Aldema, Visual Design – Yoav Raz, Lahav Halevi ]
Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme Paris, France
FILAF 2018 – Festival international du livre d'art et du film de Perpignan – Compétition, France, 2018
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